Posts tagged “Epiphany 4

Sermo Dei: Epiphany 4, 2014

Posted on January 29th, 2017

Following Jesus means following Him into the storm. The men with Jesus (Epiphany IV gospel, Matthew 8:23-27) are not unused to ships, wind, and the swelling of waves. But the storm that assails the followers of Jesus surpasses all they have experienced. Following Jesus means following Him into the storm. The Lord Jesus allows the storm. He allows the disciples to despair. He allows them to fear for their lives. Why? All so they might learn to cry out to Him, to seek His help. Why does Jesus allow the storm? Why does the Lord allow the storms that bellow against you? Is God too harsh? No. He treats us with far greater softness than we deserve. Turbulence is a gift. Turmoil makes you…

Epiphany 4 sermon

Posted on January 30th, 2011

One of the classic conundrums of religion and spirituality is the problem of evil. If there is a God, why does He permit bad things to happen? A 1981 book by Rabbi Harold Kushner helped phrase the way this question is usually put: “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Of course, this presumes there are good people. From a human perspective, there are civilly righteous people—those who pay their taxes, drive the speed limit, treat others fairly. From God’s perspective, however, there are no good people. “There is no one good, no, not one,” says the LORD. All have gone astray, no one seeks God. Before God destroyed most of the human race in the ancient flood, He announced that the judgment…

Wordle of Epiphany 4 sermon

Posted on January 29th, 2011

I love Wordles. There’s a very interesting comparison of State of the Union speeches in Wordle format here. Seeing it inspired me to run tomorrow’s sermon through the Wordle generator. Here’s what came out: