The Touchstone of a True Christian

Dear brothers and sisters, Through baptism, we became members of the body of Christ, brothers and sisters of the Lord, and children of God. In our journey through life we either stay faithful to that vocation and identity, or we abandon it; and sometimes we go back and forth. In today’s Gospel passage, Christ gives us the sign that tells us whether we are living up to our vocation, the touchstone of the true Christian. It isn’t vast theological knowledge, or personal charm, or professional success; nor is it ecstasies in prayer or extreme penances. Rather, the identifying mark of a Christian is treating others – all others – the way God does, the way God treats us. God is kind and merci

Earth is Not Heaven: It’s the Road to Heaven

Dear brothers and sisters, We are taking a three week break in our strategy of preaching in series, until the First Week of Lent on March 10 when we will kick off a new series entitled “Rebuilt.” This week, we hear from the so-called “Sermon on the Plain” from Luke’s Gospel. This is Jesus’ first big sermon, his inaugural address – and it's shocking. The topic is happiness, or being blessed; and in a total reversal of ordinary standards, Jesus links true happiness with struggle, hardship, suffering and opposition, not with the prosperity, popularity, and pleasure that we normally associate with happiness. What does he mean by this? Jesus isn’t saying that the good things of life are evil

The Story of Your Life Week 6: Use Your Story to Connect Others to God

Dear brothers and sisters, This series has been all about God’s unrelenting pursuit of us to enter into his great story, while at the same time Satan’s never-ending scheming to break that relationship. The call of Peter from today’s Gospel is from Luke 5, where Jesus has already started his ministry of teaching and healing. He’s looking to fill all the spots in his own “small group.” We hear: While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him to put

The Story of Your Life Week 5: Called to Speak God’s Word

Dear brothers and sisters, God is the main author of our story; we are co-authors with him. During the first four weeks of this series, we’ve looked at how we view and pray about our own story for ourselves. In these last two weeks of the series we’re going to look at how our story can have an impact for God’s glory and for the benefit of others. God places a high value on “callings” in his great story of salvation. We find great call stories in the Bible of figures such as Abraham, Moses, Jeremiah, and Peter, and Paul. In all of these callings God gives people a job to do. For example, from Jeremiah we hear, “The word of the LORD came to me, saying: Before I formed you in the womb I k

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Church of St. John

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