September 24, 2017 The Fourth Sunday of Creation: River Sunday

Jonah 3:10—4:11, Psalm 145:1–8, Philippians 1:21–30, Matthew 20:1–16

The Rev’d Dr. Jeffrey S. F. Nelson+                                      

 In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Apparently, according to one Christian “scholar,” the rapture was to have come yesterday. The evidence given for this prediction, in part, is the natural disasters we are currently … Continue reading

September 21, 2017 Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

Proverbs 3:1–6, Psalm 119:33–40, 2 Timothy 3:14–17, Matthew 9:9–13

The Rev’d Dr. Jeffrey S. F. Nelson+

In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Matthew has traditionally been associated with Levi, a tax collector mentioned by Mark and Luke. Tax collectors were Jews who collected taxes for the Roman state, often taking … Continue reading

September 14, 2017 Holy Cross Day

Isaiah 45:21–25, Psalm 98:1–4, Galatians 6:14–18, John 12:31–36a

The Rev’d Dr. Jeffrey S. F. Nelson+

In the name of Jesus. Amen.

It is an open joke on the Worship and the Arts Committee that I do not like the hymn Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus.  Each time it is … Continue reading

September 10, 2017 The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

 

Ezekiel 33:7–11, Psalm 119:33–40, Romans 13:8–14, Matthew 18:15–20

The Rev’d Dr. Jeffrey S. F. Nelson+                                      

In the name of Jesus. Amen.

In the end, all of Paul’s complicated theological arguments in the letter to the Romans lead to one conclusion: love. His in-depth analysis of the human condition … Continue reading

September 3, 2017 The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

 

Jeremiah 15:15–21, Psalm 26:1–8, Romans 12:9–21, Matthew 16:21–28

The Rev’d Dr. Jeffrey S. F. Nelson+                                      

In the name of Jesus. Amen.

“But who do you say that I am?” Jesus asks his disciples point blank after eliciting from them what others were saying about him. “Who am I … Continue reading

August 24, 2017 Saint Bartholomew the Apostle

 

Deuteronomy 18:15–18, Psalm 91:1–4, 1 Corinthians 4:9–15, Luke 22:24–30

The Rev’d Dr. Jeffrey S. F. Nelson+

 n the name of Jesus. Amen.

When I checked the biography of Saint Bartholomew in Holy Women, Holy Men, this is what I read: “Bartholomew is one of the twelve Apostles known to … Continue reading

August 20, 2017 The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

 

Isaiah 56:1, 6–8, Psalm 67, Romans 11:1–2a, 29–32, Matthew 15: (10–20), 21–28

The Rev’d Dr. Jeffrey S. F. Nelson+

 In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Jesus was racist. Jesus was sexist. Jesus was a proponent of religious exclusivity. Jesus was, in short, a bigot—that is, until he met the … Continue reading