Jesus’ comfort is like that of a caring father who will hold on to our hand when we’re asleep, undergoing a painful operation.
Jesus won’t let go of our hand, even if he has the opportunity to.
His promise means something, and he won’t break his promise.
Jun29MonWould God want a child sacrifice? June 29, 2020
Is God angry at us?
Is God punishing us through this coronavirus pandemic?
Jun17Wedwith reference to BIPOC suffering June 17, 2020
But perhaps suffering in the past two weeks has really risen to our consciousness in what’s being called the racial pandemic,
or the greatest global racial unrest in history.
At its core is the suffering of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour who suffer at the hands of systemic injustice and racism in structures of our society.
Jun4ThuA sermon for Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020 June 4, 2020
So this passage (Numbers 11) is perhaps a good pandemic reference for us.
The Holy Spirit is poured out on those even if they’re not present,
And if we hold this as true, we can say that communion
(mediated by the Holy Spirit) is also valid if we’re scattered all about.
So the Feast of the Ascension should be important to us as worshipping Christians, but it isn’t.
I think part of it, is that it’s an awkward story for us
modern enlightened people.
May4MonEaster 4, Good Shepherd Sunday May 4, 2020
God is a source of comfort, not just in theory, but in real situations,
like what we are in today.
Apr20MonEaster 2, April 19 2020 sermon April 20, 2020
Paradoxically, it is the Doubting disciple who gets the most attention.
It is the hurting, isolated disciple with whom Jesus spends the most time.
Apr13MonEaster Sunday Sermon 2020 April 13, 2020
Perhaps important to acknowledge
is that we are in a time very similar to the very first Easter!
Easter 2020 is like Easter 33,
Where the disciples were huddled together in fear.
Things were deadly quiet. Things were weird and strange.
Jesus lived his life, died and rose so that we all would receive God’s love,
and that Jesus would be in us, in our hearts.
Jesus did what he did, so that we would know him and thereby know God.
Because when we see Jesus, we see God!
Mar9MonAbram’s call to a new land; Lent 2 March 9, 2020
But we need to move from a pessimistic nostalgia
To a hopeful optimism, together, for the future,
Based on the resources of the past and present.