Archive for July, 2010

Luke 11:1-13

July 25, 2010

This morning I’d like to go through the Lord’s prayer and comment on it line by line. First, though, let’s ask how Jesus meant his disciples to use the prayer he taught them. One way, certainly, would be to recite it every day or at intervals during the day. On a deeper level, perhaps he meant it to serve as a moment-by-moment resource for living. If his disciples were anything like us that would have made sense. Distractions waylay us all day long. You might as well try throwing a straight ball in a thick forest. It’s that frustrating. Supposing, though, we had a pocket compass, one we could call to mind any time we felt derailed. We could consult it, correct our course, and carry on with renewed vigor and purpose. I believe Jesus gave us this prayer as a pocket compass. (more…)

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Genesis 18:1-10a; Luke 10:38-42

July 18, 2010

[Please go to this web site to view the icon that is the subject of this sermon:

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If it were possible I would darken the church and project on a large-screen this image of the Trinity icon. As it is, we will just have to squint at it on individual sheets of paper. I’ll tell you more about it in a minute. (more…)

Luke 10:25-37; Deuteronomy 30:9-14

July 11, 2010

Maybe you had a different take on today’s readings, but for me they raise the issue of certainty. It may sound like an overblown claim, but I maintain that the issue of certainty generates the steam driving the church’s schisms. Perhaps schism is not the best word, because we do not have two camps, so much as two poles, and all of us fall along the continuum somewhere; and most of us move on it over time. (more…)