December 21, 2014
Luke 1:26-38
Romans 16:25-27
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26

Peace-Maker Or Piece-Maker?

Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20

from the book
Topsy-Turvy: Living In The Biblical World
Gospel Sermons For Sundays After Pentecost (Middle Third) Cycle C


Thomas A. Renquist



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A hard, hard word has been laid on us this morning -- a word so hard that I would rather be almost anywhere than standing in this pulpit right now. It is one of those hard sayings from the mouth of Jesus: "Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!"

I thought Jesus was the peace-maker, didn't you? And now he tells us, no, he's the piece-maker.1

And if that were not enough, Jesus goes on to describe what sacred institution he is about to tear into pieces -- the family! "They will be divided: father against son, and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law."

Well, if you didn't know it before, you certainly know it now: the gospel of Jesus Christ is not the gospel of health and wealth and power and success. It is the gospel of ...

This Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 sermon, Peace-Maker Or Piece-Maker?, is based on Luke 12:49-53 and relates to Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 of Cycle C of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Topsy-Turvy: Living In The Biblical World . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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