Tag Archives: Luke 14:25-33

Power and piety

When we come to a crossroads, and the gospel calls us to walk one way, and the world tells us that way leads to ruin, or rejection, Jesus wants us to have the courage to follow him, even in the way of the cross. Continue reading

Posted in lectionary reflection, sermon | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blessings and challenges

When I read this Sunday’s Gospel lesson, and saw that Paul’s – let’s be honest – somewhat cringeworthy letter to Philemon was also up for consideration, I wondered if I might have waited on this new, lectionary-based blessings project until … Continue reading

Posted in Blessings, lectionary reflection | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Year C Proper 18: One lousy sales pitch

The other day, during a screening of the final movie in the Lord of the Rings trilogy – the one where all of the final battles happen and the last-ditch attempts to overcome evil in the face of incredible odds … Continue reading

Posted in sermon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Tomorrow’s gospel

“No one starts a war, Jesus says, without first calculating the chances of winning. Otherwise, they may get drawn into open-ended, unending conflict, with no clear way out, sending life chasing after death as though they hate the lives of … Continue reading

Posted in lectionary reflection, sermon preparation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment