"In telling his disciples to keep this dazzling image quiet until after his suffering and sacrifice, perhaps we are witnessing that Jesus understands our love of power and glory; that Jesus doesn’t want to be known as the best of these but in how he cares for the least of these."
"Divorcing black history from white history lets white history off the hook. We need to know and not minimize the hurtful history in order to understand who we are when we come to the table. This isn’t about guilt or shame. It’s about sincerity and understanding."
“Nothing will separate us from the love of God. It is the great gift of our faith to hold this theological promise as unshakably true. It is the great work of the church to ensure that this promise is given life and breath and reality for all people - particularly those to whom Church and society have denied this very promise."
“Mary knew...God is that endearing call for compassion, present on a baby’s face. Present on every baby’s face. This is the hope of our world. Not that God will wake up and smite the wicked, but that hope is born again each day."
“St. Luke is where I can bring not only my gifts, but my great concerns, tears, anger and uncertainty when I look upon our world. I need to be here because I know that left alone this would all seem too overwhelming. But I’m not alone. Because of this community, I know that my voice, my vote, my actions and advocacy are extended and multiplied. And so are yours. When I pledge my money, my time, my energy, my tears and my hope, I know that they each join with a pool of people who are listening and longing and working for future fit for all.”
“We remember how things used to be done. We have electronic records of the histories easily forgotten about in generations past. Where powerful rich men - and women, but mostly men - could do whatever they want, with whoever they wanted, and still go out and eat in peace. No longer. There is no war on men, but the old earth, where powerful men ruled and could get away with anything, has passed away.”
Our faith does not exist in a vacuum. So we must inevitably deal with the problem of wealth as we go about our lives and ministries. And I want to use this phrase this morning, the “problem of wealth” because for most of our lives we’ve probably heard about the problems of wealth inequality and poverty through a lens that places poverty as the root issues of the problem. But we rarely hear about what lies on the other side of that coin. As one anthropologist puts it, “social sciences very seldom ask the question: 'why are the rich wealthy?' in the same way that they ask why the poor are poor?” That’s our task today: to talk about the problem and opportunity of wealth.
St. Luke Presbyterian Church
St. Luke is a progressive Christian church in Minnetonka, Minnesota.