Sermon for October 16, 2016, from by John P. Reardon “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” How odd to hear Jesus ask such a question. I’ve always assumed it to be a rhetorical question. After all, if … More Will he find faith on earth?
Francis of Assisi provided the focus this last week for my E-news epistle that comes out every Thursday. In it, I asked do we have the courage to allow ourselves to be touched by the generosity of God? Like Francis, to be touched by the generosity of God is to become a conduit for the … More Only One in Ten: Luke 17
Sermon from The Rev. Linda Mackie Griggs for Pentecost 20, Year C (Proper 22) Lamentations 1:1-6 & Psalm 137 Of all of the comments that I have heard regarding the Bible over the past few months, the … More Where Does It Hurt?
Personally, I have great difficulty thinking of time other than in the seeming watertight compartments of past, present, and future; time passing by minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years etc. Kronos is the Greek word we have adopted to refer to this arrangement, one where time flows in a linear fashion. Greek has a … More Ere Long We Tremble: Commentary on Jeremiah 32.
A sermon from the Rev. Linda Mackie-Griggs for Pentecost 18 And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. If the words that describe your feelings about today’s Gospel lesson include, “frustrated”, “shocked”, “stumped”, or “baffled”, you are in good company. All of these words were used by scholars who wrote … More God’s Squandering Grace: Luke 16: 1-13
Text and context In Table Talk I noted the tension inherent for us in reading the gospel accounts of Jesus relationship with the Pharisees – the product of a later period – back into the time of Jesus ministry. What by the time of the Evangelists had become a deep communal animosity between emerging Rabbinic … More Due Diligence: Luke 15:1-10
Around 55 AD, from prison, Paul wrote a short letter to his friend and wealthy supporter, Philemon. Philemon seems to have been the lynchpin in the Christian community in Colossae for it is in his house that the church meets – a fact that gives us an indication of Philemon’s social standing within the community. … More Modeling An Appeal From The Heart: Paul’s Letter to Philemon