Reformation Sunday 2019: Can’t Buy Me Love

REFORMATION SUNDAY 2019 Can’t Buy Me Love (Luke 18:9-14) On this day, in our tradition, we commemorate Reformation Sunday. We recall the work of German reformer Martin Luther in the 16th century, who pointed out abuses, faulty teaching, and pastoral neglect in the churches of his day, and who sought to bring renewal and reformContinue reading “Reformation Sunday 2019: Can’t Buy Me Love”

Getting Ready for Reformation Sunday

Getting Ready for Reformation Sunday Note from CM: Sorry for the delay, but I had a very busy day. I just cleaned a lot of spam out of the comment thread. • • • The Gospel reading for this week is Luke 18:9-14, Jesus’ parable about the Pharisee and the tax collector. He also toldContinue reading “Getting Ready for Reformation Sunday”

Wednesday with Michael Spencer: Rerun

Wednesday with Michael Spencer Rerun (from 2009) He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, “God, I thankContinue reading “Wednesday with Michael Spencer: Rerun”

Sermon: Are We Ready for This? (Luke 14:25-33)

Sermon: Are We Ready for This? Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, ‘Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow meContinue reading “Sermon: Are We Ready for This? (Luke 14:25-33)”

Sermon: Are We Living at a Turning Point in History? (Luke 12:49-56)

Sermon: Are We Living at a Turning Point in History? (Luke 12:49-56) “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! Do you think that I have come toContinue reading “Sermon: Are We Living at a Turning Point in History? (Luke 12:49-56)”

Sunday with Michael Spencer: A Jesus Prayer

Sunday with Michael Spencer A Jesus Prayer Jesus, you don’t build institutions. You don’t write catechisms. Or Systematic Theologies. Or critiques of someone’s theology or refutations of their catechism. You don’t have a blog. You don’t moderate debates. You are the bread of life who gives himself for the salvation of the world. You areContinue reading “Sunday with Michael Spencer: A Jesus Prayer”

Easter Monday 2019: A Quiet, Personal Easter

Easter Monday A Quiet, Personal Easter If there is ever a day when the church goes all out, it’s on Easter Sunday. And this is as it should be. From the earliest days of the church, the Sunday of the resurrection has been the primary festive occasion of the church. The resurrection is the veryContinue reading “Easter Monday 2019: A Quiet, Personal Easter”

Funeral Sermon: A Day Like Holy Saturday

Funeral Sermon: A Day Like Holy Saturday Preached on the Occasion of a Young Adult’s Suicide The worst isn’t the last thing about the world. It’s the next to the last thing. The last thing is the best. It’s the power from on high that comes down into the world, that wells up from theContinue reading “Funeral Sermon: A Day Like Holy Saturday”