No Judgments, Just Jesus

Sermons by Rich Vincent

Ordinary Time 14 – The Differences That Divide: And the God Who Welcomes (Romans 14:1-12)

Differences of opinion and practice can wreak havoc on unity if left unchecked. In today’s reading, Paul addresses a community where differences have done just that, leading to condemnation and condescension. Paul argues that differences should not lead to these things, but rather, be an opportunity to welcome the other and witness to the Gospel. Opening Hymn: Great Is Thy Faithfulness Closing…

Cross Examination: God’s Power in Human Weakness (2 Corinthians 13)

In preparation for Paul’s upcoming visit, Paul warns that he will come in boldness, wielding apostolic authority, if he needs to. But he’d rather not. He’d rather come in the meekness and gentleness of Christ, that is, he’d rather show God’s power in weakness, because it best follows the model of Christ’s love revealed in the cross. He turns the tables on…

A Splinter from the Cross: When Weakness is Strength (2 Corinthians 12:1-10)

In defense of Paul’s legitimacy as an Apostle called into question by the “super-apostles”, Paul “foolishly” boasts in himself. However, unlike the “super-apostles”, he does not boast of his skills or physical strength, but instead, “boasts in his weakness”. For Paul has learned that it is through his weaknesses that God’s power is most fully displayed. Join us for our “After the…

All Bark and No Bite? Paul’s Boldness and Boast (2 Corinthians 10)

The “super-apostles” have sought to undermine Paul’s authority by questioning his appearance, critiquing his speech, and scoffing at his sufferings, ultimately accusing Paul of being “all bark and no bite” – bold when away, but a wimp in person. Paul defends himself by speaking of his boldness in Christ that shapes his ministry through “meekness and gentleness”. He does not want the…