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Love and Glory

The 5th Sunday of Easter

Love and Glory

Text: John 13:31-35

I think that my life would be at peace and I would still manage somehow to die a happy man if I never heard or saw a Kardashian again.  It’s unbelievable.  Those Kardashians are everywhere!  TV shows, commercials, magazines.  That means they have infiltrated our homes, our grocery stores, our doctor and dentist waiting rooms.  But if that’s not enough, you can even get a little more Kardashian in your life as Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, and Kylie all have their own official apps you can download on your phone or tablet.

As ridiculous (or annoying?) as the Kardashian craze may be, you have to hand it to their publicists.  They are certainly good at what they do.  They put that unique family out there for the whole world to see.

Now you have to ask, “Why would someone want to do that?  Why harness the powers of all these media channels?  Why put yourself out there in front of the world?”  The Kardashians have an entire staff of PR specialists because they understand a fundamental concept innate to every single human being: If you gain glory, you gain love.  This is how our entire world—and especially our American culture—is set up.  If you have glory, you will have love. Read the rest of this entry

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What Does Humility Look Like?

15th Sunday after Pentecost

What Does Humility Look Like?

Text: James 2:1-13

What Does Humility Look Like?  Does humility look like the Pharisees in the gospel today?  They would go to dinner parties and feasts and sit down at the places and positions of honor.  If it was a dinner party, they would have sat at the head of the table.  If it was a wedding, they would have sat at the head table with the wedding party.  If it was a king’s feast, they would have sat down at the royal table.  After all, they were Pharisees!  Is that humility?

Does humility look like our American celebrities?  They scratch and claw for millions of dollars to act in a movie or perform at a concert or simply endorse perfume.  They have houses in the most prominent positions.  When you drive over that bridge to South Beach or weave through Beverly Hills, you can’t miss their mansions.  They fight to have their faces on magazines and billboards.  They Tweet foolish comments to get publicity, or they make stupid choices like naming their child North West (yes, Kim Kardashian actually did that).  Anything they can do to gain recognition, fame, or money.  Is that humility? Read the rest of this entry

How Blessed We Are!

3rd Sunday of End Times:  Saints Triumphant Sunday

How Blessed We Are!

1. To be invited to the feast
2. To be dressed for the feast
3. To attend the feast

Text:  Revelation 19:1-9

Seventy-two days.  Seventy-two days and it was over.  On August 20, 2011 celebrity fashionista Kim Kardashian and NBA basketball player Kris Humphries were joined together in marriage.  The wedding was said to have cost around $20 million.  With endorsements and exclusive photo and video rights given, it is reported that the couple profited around $10 million.  If this is something that you hadn’t heard about, and if you don’t know who Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries are, well, then your life is probably better off anyways!  After all, the marriage only lasted 72 days!

Not unusual for celebrity marriages, though.  In fact, 72 days is rather long when it comes to celebrity marriages.  And sadly, it’s not uncommon for the rest of America, either.  In a country where you can have a drive-through wedding in Las Vegas and where more marriages end in divorce then in success—we’ve become used to these kinds of shenanigans in the headlines.

If only we didn’t have marriage problems!  If only marriages were perfect!  If only our spouse were perfect!  If only the joy of the wedding day remained and lasted forever!

Well, guess what!  The fairytale wedding of our dreams and a perfect marriage is ours to enjoy forever!  Whether you are young or old, married or single, male or female—you have a perfect spouse and a perfect marriage to enjoy forever.  How Blessed We Are! Read the rest of this entry