Against the Grain -- Words for a Politically Incorrect Church
Cycle B Gospel Sermons for Sundays after Pentecost (Last Third)
Probably one of the most frustrating responsibilities I have as a parish pastor is officiating at weddings. I would rather do a funeral than perform a wedding. It's not because I am filled with a great sense of morbidity. It's not that I delight in other people's suffering. Rather, it has to do with how receptive people are to ministry. At the time of death, people are much more receptive to facing the ultimate issues of life. They have a far greater sense of their need for the gospel. They have just experienced the limits of life and are primed to listen to the word of hope in Jesus Christ.
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Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love Mary Austin George Reed Thomas Willadsen Bethany Peerbolte
As the smoke cleared from the gutted shell of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, hope began to arise.
With firefighters still on the scene, French President Emmanuel Macron and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo were given a brief tour of the cathedral’s smoldering interior Monday evening. Huge holes appeared in the structure’s ceiling, but Hidalgo described some hopeful signs.
This Sunday’s lessons proclaim that God and his Resurrection have their way with us.
Historically the Sunday after Easter was the first Sunday when newly baptized members could be admitted into the fellowship as full members of the Church. Consequently the theme of having life determined by something bigger than we are (the Resurrection of Jesus) is most appropriate.
Bonnie Bates Bill Thomas Bob Ove Frank Ramirez Ron Love Mark Ellingsen
Acts 5:27-32 This lesson is the story of what the Holy Spirit can do to change lives, the courage the Spirit gave Peter to witness to authorities, the courage given to the Church today to stand up to the powers that be. Regarding the Holy Spirit modern Latin Evangelical theologian Zaida Perez has written:
I shall never forget that moment on February 11, 1990 when Nelson Mandela was freed after nearly 30 years in captivity in South Africa. It was one of those magic moments shared, thanks to television, with the whole world.
There have been a number of occasions in my life where I have had the opportunity to make a complete fool of myself, and sad to say, I have generally taken full advantage of each one of those opportunities as they came along. I suppose I could prove the point by regaling you with dozens of pertinent stories, but for the sake of preserving your time and my dignity, I will tell you just one.