The Lost Sheep

The Lost Sheep by Robert Hamerton-Kelly Scripture: 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15: 1-10 “Rejoice with me because I have found my sheep that was lost.” — Luke 15:6 This parable is one of three that occur together in the first half of Luke’s 15th chapter. In my New Testament each has a heading, “The Lost […]

Rich in the Things of God

Rich in the Things of God by Robert Hamerton-Kelly Scripture: Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21 “Thus it is with everyone who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich towards God.” — Luke 12:21 Jesus knows where we really live emotionally and that is why the record of his teaching has so much about money […]

One Necessary Thing

One Necessary Thing by Robert Hamerton-Kelly Scripture: Colossians 1:15-28; Luke 10:38-42 “There is only one necessary thing; and Mary has chosen that better part and it shall never be taken away from her.” — Luke 10:42 I have discovered that as I grow older I have to focus my energy more and more precisely because […]

“And Who is My Neighbor?”

“And Who is My Neighbor?” by Robert Hamerton-Kelly Scripture: Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37 “But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?” — Luke 10:29 Our readings set by the church’s common lectionary have for some time now been from the Gospel of Luke. By now we are completely convinced […]

Demons of Distinctiveness

Demons of Distinctiveness by Robert Hamerton-Kelly “‘Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.’ And he went away proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.” — Luke 8:39 This week the Lectionary again links Paul the Apostle to the Gentiles, and Luke the Gospel for […]

“God Has Visited His People.”

“God Has Visited His People.” by Robert Hamerton-Kelly Scripture: Galatians 1:11-24; Luke 7: 11-17 “When it pleased God who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by His grace to reveal His son in me in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not first consult with flesh […]

The Oneness of the Church in God

The Oneness of the Church in God by Robert Hamerton-Kelly Scripture:Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21; John 17:20-26 “… so that they may all be one, as you Father are in me and I in you; that they also might be in us; in order that the world might believe that you sent me.” — John 17:21 […]

Commanded to Love?

Commanded to Love? by Robert Hamerton-Kelly May 2, 2010 Scripture: Revelation 21:1-6; John 13: 31-35 “I give you a new commandment: ‘Love one another as I have loved you.’ You must love one another exactly as I have loved you. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples; because there is love […]

“Do You Love Me?”

“Do You Love Me?” by Robert Hamerton-Kelly Scripture: Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19 “Simon, son of John, do you love me…?” — John 21:15,16,17 In this coda to the Gospel of John the risen Jesus asks Peter three times, “Do you love me?” Can there be a more poignant question? How many times have we asked […]

The First and Last Enemy

The First and Last Enemy by Robert Hamerton-Kelly Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; John 20:1-18 “For as through a man death entered the world, so through a man did the Resurrection of the dead, that is, just as in Adam all of us died so in Christ shall we all be made alive again…so the last […]