A Word to the Wise

Reflections on the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Maidens Matthew 25: 1-13 Someone once told me there are two kinds of people in the world: those who divide the world in to two kinds of people, and those who do not. Rich and poor; men and women; Republicans and Democrats, believers and non-believers, liberal…

Kingdom Parables Sermon

Since my “pre-sermon ponderings” ended on an ambiguous–yet hopeful–note, I thought some folks might like to see the finished sermon manuscript.  The manuscript, of course, is not the sermon.  It is what I intended to say.  And it is pretty close, I think, to what I actually said.  And I can hope that it’s somewhat…

Pre-Sermon Ponderings: Parables of the Kingdom

If you are following the Revised Common Lectionary, the Gospel reading for this coming Sunday is Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52. This passage consists of five brief parables that all begin with, “The kingdom of heaven is like . . .”. That’s right, five parables. So as I look toward preaching this Sunday, my first consideration is…