The Upside-down Kingdom

This sermon was prepared for Wesley United’s Sunday service on November 19, 2017. The church has pushed Advent ahead by one week, so the readings for the day were for The Reign of Christ the King (Year A Proper 29, Matthew 25:31-46, Psalm 100, Ephesians 1:15-23). Let me start off by saying—wow. The Gospel of Matthew,Continue reading “The Upside-down Kingdom”

Silly virgins, late grooms, and the end of time as we know it

This sermon was prepared for the United Theological College’s Wednesday Worship, November 8, 2018 (using the coming Sunday’s readings for Year A, Proper 27, Matthew 25:1-13) Ten young women. I imagine them walking arm in arm—chatting—teasing one another—on their way to meet the bridegroom. They all go prepared: bringing lamps (in case it gets dark).Continue reading “Silly virgins, late grooms, and the end of time as we know it”

Fair’s Fair, Right?

This sermon was prepared for the United Theological College’s weekly chapel service. Year A, Proper 20. Have you ever felt like you were being treated unfairly? That everyone else got more time, more stuff, or didn’t have to work quite as hard? Growing up in a family of three, having everything be “fair” was aContinue reading “Fair’s Fair, Right?”