An Idle Tale

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King, OSL Sunday 17 April 2022Easter Sunday Luke 24:1-12 Doubtless nearly everyone here has heard the story of Easter before. In fact, it is such a familiar story that we hardly even take note of it anymore at all. Early in the morning the women come to the tomb. They … [Read more…]

Reckless Love

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King, OSL Sunday 27 March 2022The Fourth Sunday in Lent Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 Today, on the fourth Sunday of Lent, we turn to one of the best known and best loved of Jesus’s parables, the Parable of the Prodigal Son. It appears only in the gospel of Luke, and is … [Read more…]

God Would Surely Listen to Me

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Twenty-first Sunday after PentecostJob 23:1-9, 16-17 Last week we started exploring the story a Job, a man from the ancient middle east, maybe around the time of Abraham and Sarah. He’s known for integrity and faithfulness. Because of a wager between God and the satan, he undergoes a … [Read more…]

A Man in the Land of Uz

By Rev. Dr. David D. M. King Worship Communion SundayJob 1:1; 2:1–10 This Sunday we are starting a four week journey through the Book of Job. This ancient book explores the nature of human suffering. Does God reward people who do the right thing by giving them an easier life? If I am suffering, is … [Read more…]

Stumble on the Way

By Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Eighteenth Sunday after PentecostMark 9:38-50 “Teacher, we saw someone throwing demons out in your name, and we tried to stop him because he wasn’t following us.” Sometimes we talk about schism in the church. Schism is just a fancy Greek word for break or fracture. Sometimes the … [Read more…]

The Taming of the Tongue

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Sixteenth Sunday after PentecostJames 3:1-12 “Brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers!” It’s a great back-to-school message, isn’t it? James isn’t saying that his readers aren’t qualified to be teachers—he’s saying that for those who teach there is a higher standard, a higher expectation. If … [Read more…]

Faith Works, Fe Trabaja

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Fifteenth Sunday after PentecostJoint Worship with Hillsboro United Methodist ChurchJames 2:1–17, Santiago 2:1–17 I cannot hear this text from the Letter of James without thinking of a sermon my wife Melissa and I heard nearly 20 years ago. No puedo escuchar este texto de Santiago sin pensar en … [Read more…]

Bread from Heaven

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Tenth Sunday after PentecostJohn 6:24-35 Do you notice how the crowd and Jesus seem to be talking past each other? Jesus never seems to give a direct answer to any of the questions they ask him. The crowd always seems to misunderstand what Jesus is saying. Βut that’s … [Read more…]

Every Nation in Heaven or on Earth

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Ninth Sunday after PentecostEphesians 3:14-21 The Olympic Games started this week. Of course, it was supposed to be last summer. These are the 2020 Olympics. But COVID disrupted the games, as it has disrupted everything else. Even postponed by a year, there are still serious concerns about the … [Read more…]

Come Away with Me

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Eighth Sunday after PentecostMark 6:30-34, 53-56 Come Away With Me, v.1, 2202Come away with me to a quiet place,apart from the world with its frantic pace,to pray, reflect, and seek God’s grace.Come away with me.  Come away. Jesus and the disciples have been very busy. You might remember … [Read more…]