‘Epistemology’ is a variety of philosophy that has to do with what we can know and how we can know it. Our country is in an epistemological crisis that manifests itself daily in political and private life. The uncertainty around the hospitalization of the President is an excellent example.
We have been told he has Covid-19. We have been told that he is doing well and that he is doing poorly. Pictures have been staged to show that the President is ‘productive’ even amidst his hospitalization for a deadly disease. He even sat in the back seat for a drive…
Luke 24:44–53 24:44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you — that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 24:45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 24:46 and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 24:47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 24:48…
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Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the lake, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
‘Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali,
on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles —
the people who sat in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death
This week has been a familiar blend of expected and unexpected. At the same time that I have been with youth and families, and as I have been looking towards all the good things we have coming in our community, I have found myself in more situations alongside people struggling with various degrees of mental illness or addiction than is typical. I am fortunate to work in a church where the police are not called immediately and to have the professional background I do. It is hard to always know what to do, though, or to feel like I’m being…
I believe that the rhythms of our community life are more formative and important to me than I may pause to acknowledge during the Advent season. I believe that the things we say and do shape us, especially those things we ritualize, whether we realize it or not. The ritual of anxiety I feel around politics and public life is one variety I’ve kept for quite some time. …
Listen to this sermon audio here: On Humility
October 27, 2019 at Highland Baptist Church of Louisville, Kentucky
18:9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt:
18:10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
18:11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
18:12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of…
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I am angry, depressed, and afraid. And that’s on a good day. And today I am in this pulpit after the massacre in El Paso, committed by another white male at the altar of gun worship and white supremacy.
In times like these, I honestly would feel safest listening to Carol, or Renee, or Lauren, or Kathy, or Jim.
But I am the one standing here. And so before this sermon, I will invite you to pray this week. Not because prayer will end white supremacy or mass shootings. I don’t…
It is hard not to have a favorite Avett Brothers song stuck in my head this week as I consider our lectionary passages and sit down to write a sermon for this coming Sunday:
“I’ve got something to say
But it’s all vanity, it’s all vanity.”
The author of Ecclesiastes (1:14) would agree:
I saw all the deeds that are done under the sun; and see, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.
The great secret of all pastors who have not let things go to their heads is that we have no special access to God or to…