Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after Holy Trinity - Luke 5:1-11
Sermon for the 4th Sunday after Holy Trinity - Luke 6:36-42
Judge not lest ye be judged. America’s favorite phrase. Don’t judge me. Probably the most overused statement, and the only sermon of Christ even non-Christians know. When we order three Big Mac’s at McDonald’s and our friends look at us funny…don’t judge me. When we sit down with a bucket of ice cream, a serving spoon, and Netflix…don’t judge me. When we go to a white tablecloth restaurant and order a Coors Light…don’t judge me. When we spend too long out in the sun and get a brutal mailman burn…don’t judge me.
Sermon for the 3rd Sunday after Trinity - Luke 15
Three encounters these last couple of weeks. Last Saturday I met a woman at Paul Bunyan Days who shared with me how she felt cast aside sometimes by the church. It started with a discussion about what she might hate about religion. She is a woman in recovery, and also suffers from anxiety and depression. She is new to the church. New to Christianity. She felt judged by the church for not knowing all the words we use. She felt judged by the church for not knowing the bible. She also worried about what the church might think of her and her sins. With her past and the struggles she has. And it was amazing to hear her talk about how she was struggling. How she knew her sins and we talked about how the life of the Christian, as Martin Luther said, is to be one of daily repentance. Daily and regularly turning and fighting against the worst parts of us because in Jesus, our sins still haunt us. Yet she worried about what we might think of her, and she fought what so many others were telling her. A woman on a journey being worked upon by the Spirit, not having the right words or answers and yet one whom Jesus found.