Sermons by Rev. Dr. John Burton (Page 3)

Sermons by Rev. Dr. John Burton (Page 3)

Communion and the Hunger of the World

The late German/American theologian Monika Hellwig, wrote a little book that Heather and I read during our theological training, called Eucharist and the Hunger of the World. The book asked a question that has always stuck with me. Can we western, wealthy Christians truly experience the impact of communion, which is the gift of food that is life-saving, when very few of us have ever experienced real hunger?

Sabbath, Sabbatical, Jubilee

  Will you indulge me this morning? I would like everyone to take off their watch and turn it face down on the pew beside you. I’d also like you to turn off your cell phones, not just put them on vibrate, but turn them right off.

Let There Be Light

Psalm 27; Luke 13:31-35 Several weeks ago Jeff introduced the notion of ‘functional atheism,’ in his sermon. This label refers to the inclination many of us have to feel that all the work of the church is dependent on us and not God. Functional atheists may not give voice to this feeling directly but when you listen to the way they talk about the church it seems that their faith is summed up by saying, “If it is our efforts, our…

Our Circle of Empathy

Sojourners is an evangelical community based in Washington DC. It is a progressive and socially active community, contrary to the common perception of what it means to be an evangelical. Jim Wallis, who is the Executive Director of Sojourners, recently said that the scripture we heard read today from Matthew 25 is the “test” scripture for his community. When thinking about their position on issues or the actions they feel called to undertake, they always ask themselves if they are…