The Priestly Ministry of Teaching the Faith Ordination Sermon for Edward B. Mulligan IV Jan. 21, 2007 Ephesians 4.7, 11-16 But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some … [Read more...] about The Priestly Ministry of Teaching the Faith
Behold, The Lamb of God
Revelation 4.1-5.14 This lectionary reading for today from the Book of Revelation is bristling with imaginative language that can just as easily be abused as used fruitfully in the life of the church. As I try to make some sense of this passage, I suggest we bear in mind the … [Read more...] about Behold, The Lamb of God
Jesus, the Incarnate Word: Grace upon Grace
John 1.1-18 [This sermon was preached January 2, 2005 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Muskogee, OK, the Reverend Kevin Tully pastor. Posted here 1/3/05] The passage I have just read from the Gospel of John is typically referred to as the “Prologue” to the whole gospel. … [Read more...] about Jesus, the Incarnate Word: Grace upon Grace
Freedom: Freedom from What? Freedom for What?
Galatians 5.1,6,13-26 In this passage from Galatians we have one of the great Christian testimonies about freedom in Christ. And it seems a happy coincidence that we are reading and meditating on this passage on the precise day, the Fourth of July, when our nation celebrates its … [Read more...] about Freedom: Freedom from What? Freedom for What?
Jesus, the Family, and the Summons of the Kingdom
Matthew 10.34-39 This passage from the Gospel according to Matthew must surely strike us as strange and shocking. At the very least it must challenge some of the loose and careless assumptions that seem to be rife in the life of the church today. One of those assumptions is … [Read more...] about Jesus, the Family, and the Summons of the Kingdom