Tag Archives: Matthew 5:13-16

  1. The magi’s star, and us (Matt. 2.1-23) [sermon 1-6-19]

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    January 9, 2019 by jmar198013

    Long ago, God placed a star to shine in the sky, to lead strangers to Christ. Now God has placed the church in the world, to shine and lead other people to Christ.

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  2. You are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14-16) [sermon 12-16-18]

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    December 17, 2018 by jmar198013

    Jesus says the church is the light of the world. We’re supposed to shine, so that others see the good we do and glorify God. But we often don’t feel like the light. Because we know the dark places we’ve been, and the darkness that dwells in us. In this message, we look to a fun source for tips on how to be the light of the world: fireflies.

  3. The Sermon on the Mount and the Church: the creative Word of God

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    March 5, 2014 by jmar198013

    Matthew’s Jesus tells the church, “You are the light of the world.” John’s Jesus proclaims that “I am the light of the world.” How can both be true? Because Jesus continues to be present in his church. Paul’s idea of the church as the body of Christ is not simply a crafty metaphor for the division of labor in the church, as most interpret it. Rather, it is an ontological description of our existence, character, and especially, our vocation. The Church is what happens when the creative Word of the Sermon on the Mount becomes flesh.

  4. A challenge for preachers this Sunday: fragments borne from classic reggae interfacing with Walter Brueggemann

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    March 1, 2014 by jmar198013

    Preachers–this Sunday either give us words to chant down Babylon . . . or hang up your lyre on the willows with us.

  5. Salt and light, city and letter: Reading Matt. 5.13-16 and 2 Cor. 3.2-3 with Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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    April 24, 2013 by jmar198013

    Commenting on Matt. 5.13-16, Dietrich Bonhoeffer pointedly rehearsed the verbs of discipleship and church: You ARE the salt. You ARE the light. You ARE the city on the hill. This is simply who we are. We can be useless salt, hidden light, and a broken-down city, but we cannot but be salt, light, and a city. The same logic applies to Paul’s word in 2 Cor. 3: We ARE a letter from Christ.

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