Blessed Are Those

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King All Saints SundayMatthew 5:1-12 I know that I am supposed to be in the middle of sermon series on First Thessalonians, but I couldn’t find much to say about the passage assigned for this week. So we’re taking a quick break from Paul’s first letter and turning instead to … [Read more…]

Like a Mother

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 25A1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 In this second week of our exploration of Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, we come to its second chapter. This is the oldest book in the New Testament, the earliest of Paul’s surviving letters. We noted last week that … [Read more…]

Perseverance the Comes from Hope

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 24A1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Starting today, I’m preaching a five-part series on the First Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians. We choose our scriptures for Sunday mornings using something called the Revised Common Lectionary. It’s a cycle of assigned readings that repeat every three … [Read more…]

Idol Talk

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Nineteenth Sunday after PentecostExodus 32:1-14 Last week, we considered the ten commandments, as presented in Exodus 20. This week, we will explore what happens twelve chapters later in Exodus 32. What happened in between? Well, you might remember that at the end of last week’s passage, the people … [Read more…]

Thou Shalt Not

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 22AExodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 This text from the second book of the Torah, the book of Exodus, describes a key moment in the formation of the nation of Israel, God’s chosen people. God, acting through Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, has just liberated the … [Read more…]

Kenosis

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Seventeenth Sunday after PentecostPhilippians 2:1-13 Early Christian communities in the first century have two significant problems. The first is that they have quite a lot of internal division and disagreement. This is a new religious movement, made up of people from all over the known world, people from … [Read more…]

The Usual Daily Wage

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 20AMatthew 20:1-16 IT’S ABSOLUTELY NOT FAIR. No self-respecting American worker would stand for it. We’d go straight to the boss and complain. We’d file a union grievance. We might even sue the company or lead a walk-out: equal pay for equal work. It … [Read more…]

Love One Another

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 18ARomans 13:8-14 In the United Methodist tradition we have something called the Historic Examination. These are the questions that John Wesley used to ask of his traveling preachers, and they have been ask of those who are about to be ordained from the … [Read more…]

Get Behind Me

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Thirteenth Sunday after PentecostMatthew 16:21-28 Today’s sermon is about Rocky. No, it’s not about the boxer portrayed by Sylvester Stallone. It’s about the apostle Peter. Peter isn’t his given name though. You might remember, when Jesus called him, his name was Simon. But Jesus gave him a nickname. … [Read more…]