Category: Sermons

Rules about chocolate: a sermon on insults, abuse, and lies

Object Lesson (kids’ names changed for privacy) One of our kids, John, got to open a small box. Inside: heart-shaped milk chocolates, foil wrapped. “Today,” I explained, “we’re going to talk about rules for chocolate.” Jane, whose mother has diagnosed her with “chronic cuteness syndrome,” narrowed her eyes and pouted in an exceptional ham-it-up moment. “Rules…
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Priorities: a sermon on the Beatitudes

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus makes a radical proclamation of God’s priorities. Jesus sees the crowds who follow him, the sick and hungry who come to him for help, those whom the empire and the religious elite have turned their backs on. He gathers his disciples, Peter and Andrew and James and John,…
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