Idol Meat

The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany1 Corinthians 8:1-13 It’s a very strange text we have from 1 Corinthians this morning. It seems very foreign, doesn’t it? Meat sacrificed to idols. What is Paul even talking about? And this isn’t the only place that Paul talks about idol meat. Why would he spend so much time … [Read more…]

Trouble the Water

Sunday 7 January 2024Baptism of the Lord Genesis 1:1-5; Mark 1:4-11 Today we are celebrating the holiday known as Baptism of the Lord. In it, we remember the time when Jesus himself was baptized, baptized by John in the Jordan River. It is often also a time when we reflect on our own baptism, about … [Read more…]

What Belongs to God

Sunday 22 October 2023The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 22:15-22 Jesus is now in Jerusalem, not far from the cross. He has gained a core of followers, women and men who have followed him from Galilee. He has made a name for himself. He has begun to stir up trouble, both with the religious and … [Read more…]

If We Died with Christ

The Third Sunday after Pentecost Two weeks ago, United Methodists from Oregon and Idaho gathered in Meridian for an Annual Conference. I always think the highlight of Annual Conference is the commissioning and ordination worship service. There’s nothing quite like it in non-Methodist traditions. Prospective clergypersons are first reviewed by their home congregations, then by … [Read more…]

Nations Will Come to Your Light

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King, OSLEpiphany of the Lord Isaiah 60:1–6, Matthew 2:1–12 Today we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany. So what does that mean? As with so many things in the church, it comes from Greek. Epiphany means to appear, or to appear in the flesh. It was a word often used … [Read more…]

Will He Find Faith on Earth

Sunday 16 October 2022The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecostby Rev. Dr. David Dean Mimier King Luke 18:1-8 Jesus has a problem. His disciples are losing heart with their prayers. They are getting tired of praying over and over for things that God is just not providing. They are tired of praying for the liberation of the … [Read more…]

The Abundance of Possessions

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King, OSL The Eighth Sunday after PentecostLuke 12:13-21 Today we have to tackle the single most difficult topic in the Bible. It’s more difficult than politics, more difficult than all of the details of religious doctrine, more difficult than sex. And surprisingly, though this topic is very difficult to talk … [Read more…]

Teach Us to Pray

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King, OSLLuke 11:1-13 Jesus’s disciples ask him, “Teach us to pray. And Jesus responds to them with words that sound somewhat familiar, and also a little off. I’m going to read it again from Luke, but from a translation that is a little closer to the version we use each … [Read more…]

Whenever You Enter a Town

The Fourth Sunday after PentecostRev. Dr. David D. M. King, OSL Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 We find ourselves at the beginning of Jesus’s journey to Jerusalem. Toward the end of chapter 9, Luke tells us, “When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.” For the … [Read more…]

Beside Him Like a Master Builder

Sunday 12 June 2022Trinity Sunday, Peace With Justice Sunday Rev. Dr. David D. M. King, OSL Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 Today is the day in the church year that we call Trinity Sunday. It’s the day we celebrate the one God that we know in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—the Creator, … [Read more…]