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Sermons from August 2019

Peacemaking 2

Jesus invites us to join him in the hard work of true, positive peacemaking in our world. To do this, we have to notice and name the things that debilitate us and those around us. We have to reach out to touch and heal each other. This will absolutely be uncomfortable. This will absolutely lead to tension. This will absolutely disturb the false, negative peace that those of us in positions of privilege idolize. Will we join Jesus anyway?

On Peacemaking

Throughout the gospels, we see that Jesus’ ministry is one of peace. And throughout the gospels, we also see that Jesus’ peaceful ministry constantly causes division. Jesus’ words and actions rarely bring people together, instead, they force them to make a decision, pick a side. And I think this is what Jesus is getting at in our text for today: that peacemaking is not the same thing as peacekeeping.