Each Monday we publish Sunday's Coming, an email-only post on the upcoming readings, written by our current Living by the Word columnist.
Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c; (Jeremiah 15:15-21; Psalm 26:1-8;) Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28
For this Sunday's Living by the Word column, I focused on the theme of hospitality in the reading from Romans.
For my own sermon on this text, I almost went with the title "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?"
The apostle Paul reminds the church at Rome how to live in community inside and outside the church. This is not the exuberant rhetorical surplus we find in 1 Corinthians 13, but love is still Paul's guiding principle.
As I read the headline yesterday, my heart began to pound and my throat closed up: “School Clerk In Georgia Persuaded Gunman To Lay Down Weapons.” This was a good story—ultimately a hopeful one—but all I could see was “school” and “gunman."
Jeremiah's vexing task
The thing about serving as a prophet is that you are forever stuck between what God wants and what the people want.
Worshiping through the storm
Most churches in the New York area closed down as Hurricane Irene
approached. My circumstance was a bit different.
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