Who's Voice Matters to Jesus?
This sermon references a news story of the week. In my attempt to make our faith relevant to our daily lives, and to help us be better disciples of Jesus in our everyday engagement with the world, I preached some incorrect facts about the news story. I did not have all of the information. The incorrect facts are that the Covington teenage boys did NOT in fact start the altercation, and that the situation was more complicated than I originally believed. Although I am not perfect and sometimes make mistakes in details, the reality is still that the boys choose to make fun of another person and their culture when they felt threatened. The reality is that if those boys has been primarily Black, they might have been tased, arrested, handcuffed, or otherwise beaten for doing and saying the exact same things.
Additionally, this is a good time for us to examine the Lutheran Church's involvement in the breaking apart of Native families. I invite all of us to follow the lead of Jesus and to trust the voices of those less powerful than ourselves.
John 2: 1-11 A wedding feast where only the mother of Jesus and the servants know what's really going on.
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What's Glitter Got to do with it?
How does glitter connect to baptism? Find out by listening to this sermon Pastor Jess preached at Lutheran Church of the Cross on January 13, 2019. A video was played in the sermon at the point that the voice fades out and back in. You might consider pausing at that point to watch it. The text was Luke 3: 15-22.
Pastor Jess loves preaching and wants church to be about Jesus. The end. (Or read the rest of the site for more.)
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