The second in the Kingdom of God sermon series based on the parables in Matthew 13, Fr. Jordan explores what kind of place Jesus must be describing through agrarian examples and how to understand them in our modern sensibilities.
Maybe the parable of the sower/soils isn’t so much about types of people -- rocky, hardened, or thorny -- as much as it’s about the varied pieces of each of our own hearts.
"So, the truth, my friends, is that there is no other way. The tempter, that voice that’s sometimes in our heads and sometimes on our television screens and sometimes coming out of the mouths even of our friends and loved ones, is telling us a lie. Busyness or accomplishment does not bring hope or life or peace or a future. Addiction to alcohol or things that we see on screens or shopping or money or prestige does not provide security or help us to sleep at night. Not really. The God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, the God of Eve, he really does have our best interests at heart, he really does provide us hope and future, he really does love us and give us the very best. Yahweh really is the Lord of light."
A fond farewell, a burial in baptism, Hagar's lament, and the question of peace. In Father Paul's last sermon as Vicar of St. Augustine's he charges the church to take up the Cross of Christ. Texts: Genesis 21:8-21; Romans 6:1–11; Matthew 10:24–39, Proper 7, The Third Sunday after Pentecost.
In the heat of the day, three visitors come to Abraham's doorstep, and God's bringing his promises for Abraham's life to fruition. What does this mean for us?
Why does it matter that Christians worship a God who is both three and one? How does this affect modern peoples' lives, and how does it inform Christian faith?
Fear, aimlessness, and anxiety... Fifty days before the first Pentecost, on Easter night, Jesus appeared in the upper room to the frightened disciples, breathed the Holy Spirit onto them, and showed them his wounds. This gift prefigures and shapes our understanding of the second gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
Fr. Paul shares some important news, and discusses the significance of the disciples' practices during the time between Jesus' Ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. God grants power, strength, and protection to the church that waits for his gracious redemption.