January 2017 Archives

Blessed can have many meanings, and the implication that "blessed" was similar to "wealthy" was not unintended, even in Jesus name. But Jesus turns it around, and the beatitudes are telling us that we are blessed when we walk in his ways.

 This sermon is quite a bit different from how it was written, therefore, please listen to the sermon rather than read it.  The sermon notes which are included for convenience.  

Sermon delivered at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Berkeley. 

January 29, 2017 - 4th Sunday after the Epiphany  

"Registered".  Text is from Matthew 5:1-12




Good morning to you my sisters and brothers in Christ, saints and sinners, children of God. 

The Sermon on the Mount, which starts with the Beatitudes, is Jesus's first act that takes place in the Gospel of Matthew. It also sets the stage for how Matthew wants to present Jesus which is as a teacher of righteousness. It is in the Sermon on the mount where the disciples of Jesus first learn about what it means to be disciples. Who was Jesus saying was being blessed, and what exactly did that mean? 

The first group that Jesus says are blessed are the poor in spirit. We find in Luke's version it simply reads poor, and what Matthew is telling us is that poverty is not only a material condition but a spiritual one. What Jesus is saying here is that the poor, who, as today, existed in great numbers, in fact probably more so, and who were nevertheless rich, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. 

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Following a God who died in public execution style, hanging from a cross, beaten and naked, is foolishness, no?  Not to the believer.

This is an unrehearsed homily, so there is no accompanying text!  

Sermon delivered at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Berkeley. 

January 25, 2017 - Fourth Wednesday after Epiphany

"Foolishness of the Cross".  Text is from 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Whether we are called from a sea, from a bay or from where we are, the call to follow Jesus and be fishers of people may be heard within or without.    

 This sermon is quite a bit different from how it was written, therefore, please listen to the sermon rather than read it.  The sermon notes which are included for convenience.  

Sermon delivered at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Berkeley. 

January 22, 2017 - 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany  

"Registered".  Text is from Matthew 4:12-23




Good morning to you my sisters and brothers in Christ, saints and sinners, children of God. 

This is it, sisters and brothers, the beginning of Jesus' ministry, at least according to the Gospel of Matthew.  For some context, this passage directly follows Jesus' temptation in the wilderness, so withdrawing to Galilee means going back from the point of wilderness and returning to a place with villages and people. 

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