Gospel of Matthew

April 2020

The Passion of the Pandemic~ Matthew 26: 14-23

By | April 5th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley April 5, 2020 On this Psalm Sunday, we are still in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. This also marks the beginning of the passion narrative recalling Jesus's suffering and death. After the celebration of his arrival in Jerusalem, Jesus sat with the disciples for dinner.  He tells them that ...

March 2020

February 2020

Blessed are the Troublemakers~Matthew 5: 1-12

By | February 2nd, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley February 2, 2020 The Sermon on the Mount goes to the heart of Jesus's teachings. We need to put it in context though.  We must read the gospels through the len of a radical hermeneutic. We each bring our own interpretations to the text. We must acknowledge that bias as ...

January 2020

Follow Who~Matthew 4:12-23

By | January 26th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley January 26 2020 According to the church calendar, we turn our focus to Jesus's ministry. Last week, we talked about the baptism of Jesus. John the Baptist was his mentor. When John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee.  There he continued to spread the gospel. Jesus was spreading the movement. ...

You Are Enough~ Matthew 3: 13-17

By | January 12th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Jude Johnson January 12 2020 Today, we  are examining the jump in Matthew from Jesus's family running from Herod after being warned by the three kings to Jesus being baptized in the Jordan River. This is a span of thirty years. At the river, John and Jesus go back and forth about who ...

December 2019

A Tyrant, a Terror, and a Toddler~ Matthew 2: 13-23

By | December 29th, 2019|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 29 2019 According to scripture, Jesus is in danger soon after he is born. The holy family must escape to Egypt from King Herod. We have a lot of historical information about Herod. He reigned for 40 years. Herod wanted to change the landscape of Israel in order to ...

What Is Joseph So Sad About?~ Matthew 1: 18-25

By | December 22nd, 2019|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 22 Having a child is complicated. Joseph should have been happy. He was male, reasonably successful, and respected in society. Yet, having a child is a big responsibility. A woman's health is in danger during a pregnancy. Joseph had the added stress that Mary was not pregnant by him ...

June 2019

February 2019

Where Did I Put Those Keys?~ Matthew 16: 13-20

By | February 17th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Neal Washburn February 17, 2019 The reading today offers us several topics to discuss. Peter is told he is the keeper of the keys to heaven. If you take the Bible literally, then the passage gives us several points.  These are Jesus is the messiah, heaven is real and has a gate that ...

January 2019

Who Is My Neighbor\Enemy? ~ Leviticus 19: 13-23 Matthew 5: 43-44 46a-47

By | January 20th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley January 20, 2019 Several of the passages from today's reading are particularly poignant as we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King  Jr.. With just his intelligence, eloquence, courage, and faith, he freed a nation from segregation. Rev. King took the words of Matthew and Leviticus seriously. Love your neighbor ...

What Child Is This? ~Matthew 2:1-12

By | January 6th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley January 6, 2019 Today is Epiphany Sunday, also known as  the "Twelfth Day of Christmas." A society is judged by the way they treat their children. Our reading speaks to the way children are treated. We have a crisis today on this issue. All children are God's children. Currently, children ...

September 2018

November 2017

I See You ~Matthew 25:31-46

By | November 19th, 2017|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley November 19, 2017 Today is World AIDS Sunday. We are proud to participate in this important day. We refuse to stay silent and honor all those who are living with and have died from this terrible disease. We work hard to remove the stigma this disease still carries. The reading ...

Funding the Resistance – The Gospel of Matthew 9:35-10:4

By | November 12th, 2017|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley November 12, 2017 Jesus is known to have traveled the countryside healing, teaching and preaching the good news about the coming of the reign of God. This last aspect is often written off as something that happens after you die. Jesus's message was more present oriented though. The realm of ...