July 23, 2017 The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (A)

 

Isaiah 44:6–8, Psalm 86:11–17, Romans 8:12–25, Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43

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In the name of Jesus. Amen.

“I’m spiritual, but not religious.” “I consider myself a Christian, but I’m not much for organized religion.” “I don’t like to go to church; it is full … Continue reading

July 20, 2017 Women’s Rights

 

Wisdom of Solomon 7:24–28, Psalm 146, Luke 11:5–10

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 In the name of Jesus. Amen.

I preach and write a lot about our obligation as people of faith to tend to the needs of the poor and marginalized in our midst; and in … Continue reading

July 16, 2017 The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)

 

Isaiah 55:10–13, Psalm 65:9–14, Romans 8:1–15, Matthew 13:1–9, 18–23

The Rev’d Dr. Jeffrey S. F. Nelson+

 In the name of Jesus. Amen.

The movie Hook is a modern day retelling of the story of Peter Pan. In the movie, Robin Williams plays Peter Banning, a rich and successful businessman … Continue reading

July 9, 2017 The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)

 

Zechariah 9:9–12, Psalm 145:8–15, Romans 7:15–25a, Matthew 11:16–19, 25–30

The Rev’d Dr. Jeffrey S. F. Nelson+

 In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Last week and the week before, the context of our Gospel readings was the call and commissioning of the disciples of Jesus. Jesus was getting ready to … Continue reading

July 6, 2017 Jan Hus, Prophetic Witness and Martyr

 

Revelation 3:1–6, Psalm 119:113–120, Matthew 23:34–39

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 In the name of Jesus. Amen.

One of my favorite Christian bloggers, John Pavlovitz, recently wrote a blog in which he argued that what is slowly killing the church in the twenty-first century is not liberal … Continue reading

July 2, 2017 The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)

 

Jeremiah 28:5–9, Psalm 89:1–4, 15–18, Romans 6:12–23, Matthew 10:40–42

The Rev’d Dr. Jeffrey S. F. Nelson+

 In the name of Jesus. Amen.

I have referred lately to how my preaching, teaching, and writing often touches on the political without espousing the position of a particular political party or philosophy. … Continue reading

June 29, 2017 Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles

 

Ezekiel 34:11–16, Psalm 87, 2 Timothy 4:1–8, John 21:15–19

The Rev’d Dr. Jeffrey S. F. Nelson+

 In the name of Jesus. Amen.

At the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry discovers the awful truth about himself: in order to save the wizarding world from the evil … Continue reading

June 25, 2017 The Third Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)

 

Jeremiah 20:7–13, Psalm 69:8–11, 18–20, Romans 6:1b–11, Matthew 10:24–39

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 In the name of Jesus. Amen.

For most of us, “church life in North America is relatively easy. We live in a culture that proudly tolerates the faith if not claiming it as … Continue reading

June 24, 2017 The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

 

Isaiah 40:1–11, Psalm 85:7–13, Acts 13:14b–26, Luke 1:57–80

The Rev’d Dr. Jeffrey S. F. Nelson+

 In the name of Jesus. Amen.

A voice says, “Cry out!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, … Continue reading