What Is in the Heart

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Third Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 6B1 Samuel 15:34-16:13; 2 Corinthians 5:6-17 The great prophet Samuel is nearing the end of his career. The boy who spent his children in the tabernacle, sleeping each night next to the Ark of the Covenant, has grown up and come nearly to … [Read more…]

Everyone Who Calls of the Name of the Lord

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King PentecostActs 2:1-21 Pentecost. It’s one of the major religious festivals in Jerusalem, celebrating the first fruits of the grain harvest. The population of the city explodes as Jews from all over the known world, and even some Gentiles, flock to the holy city for the festivities. For many of … [Read more…]

Out of Sight

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King Ascension SundayActs 1:1-11, Luke 24:44-53 Jesus is gone. After his death, they had thought he was gone forever. But then he appeared to them, alive and well. And he kept on appearing to them for forty days. And they were hoping that he was really going to reveal his … [Read more…]

No Greater Love

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King, OSL The Sixth Sunday of Easter, Mother’s DayJohn 15:9-17, 1 John 5:1-6 This is the last of a three-part series of readings we’ve been following in the Gospel of John. In the first, we heard about Jesus as the Good Shepherd. Last week we explored the idea of Jesus as … [Read more…]

True Vine

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King, OSL The Fifth Sunday of EasterJohn 15:1-8 I’ve never been much of a gardener. It’s a bit of a shame to my mother. In the house where I grew up the first twelve years of my life, on five acres up in the hills outside of Banks, my parents … [Read more…]

Seeing a Ghost

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Third Sunday of EasterLuke 24:36b-48 The early church had a problem. They had a dead Messiah. The Messiah, the Anointed One of God, the Savior of the world, was not supposed to die. Other Messiahs had come along from time to time. They would raise the people up … [Read more…]

They Said Nothing to Nobody

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King Easter SundayMark 16:1-8 We have four different official accounts of the Easter story, one in each of the four gospels: Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John. The version you’ve heard the most often is from John. It’s actually the last of the four. My favorite, though, is the earliest one, … [Read more…]