A rich man eats a feast while a poor man starves. It’s a familiar story. It was a familiar story when Jesus told it two millennia ago, and it’s still a familiar story now. It’s what comes after that story that makes Jesus’s telling of it remarkable. Jesus uses that everyday story as a background […]
This sermon was written for St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Seattle, Washington. The lectionary texts included Ezekiel 17:22-24 and Mark 4:26-34. Perhaps you’ve seen photos of people standing beneath mustard shrubs that are twenty, sometimes thirty, feet high. The shrubs are larger than some trees, looming over the people standing beneath, who smile in its shade. […]
When my sister got to ride in the front seat twice in a row, or swiped my Halloween candy, or stayed out later than I without punishment, I would go to the Powers that Be — that is, a parent– and lament: “It’s not fair!” And the response, predictably, repeatedly: Life isn’t fair. In the […]
Sermon on Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159718364″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”300″ iframe=”true” /] copyright Kate Rae Davis.