Daily Archives: December 7, 2016

What Kind of King Do You Want? – Sermon on Luke 23:33-43 Christ the King 2016

November 20, 2016

This is Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday in the church year. This is the day we celebrate Christ’s rule over the Kingdom of God, already in place and evident in our lives, even while it has not yet been brought to full completion. As we prepare to enter Advent, the season of expectation, we hope for that Kingdom to come in its fullness, for all things to be made whole and holy, for the brokenness of this world to be fully redeemed and healed.

But it is not Advent yet. And it is certainly not Christmas, despite what you see on store shelves and television ads. Before we can begin the church year anew, and start fresh with our hope and expectation of the coming of Jesus into our world, we must end this church year. We must pay attention to the way Jesus fulfills his ministry on earth by claiming his kingly crown.

We have spent this year following Luke’s version of the story, and next week begins a new journey with another gospel writer. If we’ve learned only one thing from Luke, it is that, when God breaks into our world in the person of Jesus Christ, everything gets flipped. We have come to expect that our expectations are upside down. It seems only fitting, then, that on this Christ the King Sunday, our text does not focus on the triumph of Christ over sin and death. Continue reading

Endure – Sermon on Luke 21:5-19

November 13, 2016
You can watch a video of the sermon I preached in 2016  here. 
It borrows heavily from Cardelia’s sermon, linked below, and my earlier sermon on this same text, also linked below.

“Joy to the world, no more election news coverage and political ads!”[1] This is how Cardelia Howell-Diamond’s sermon  began for the Sunday following the 2016 election. At the time she preached it, none of us had any idea how the political landscape in the United States  would be affected, nor how changes in that landscape would impact us now, six years later. But her sermon on this text from Luke 21 still rings true, and I encourage you to read it here.

If you want to see my sermon on this same text from an earlier year (with less political tension), you can find it here. However you are managing to navigate your own post-election stress, this passage in Luke comes just when we need it. Continue reading