Sermons by Rev. Robin Jacobson

Sermons by Rev. Robin Jacobson

TANGIBILIZING THE INTANGIBLE

TRINITY UNITED CHURCH: APRIL 14, 2024 SUMMARY: TANGIBILIZING THE INTANGIBLE (Luke 24:36b-48) It’s very difficult to buy an idea or to sell one. A philosophy, a theory, a concept, however good is elusive if it remains purely theoretical. Nebulous. Intangible. For us ever, properly, to engage with something ‘intangible’ we need first for it to come down to earth, to become tangibilized. We need to ‘tangibilise’ the intangible. We need it to be something that we can get our hands…

Palm Sunday

Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem and how it was that the same people who were so excited to welcome him who would, in just one week, change their joyful cries of ‘HOSANNAH!’ to damning shrieks of ‘CRUCIFY!’ Why? What could possibly so quickly turn a welcoming crowd celebrating life into a bloodthirsty mob demanding death?

Born Again

TRINITY UNITED CHURCH: MARCH 10, 2024 SUMMARY: BORN AGAIN. (John 3:14-21) I wonder if there’s ever been a more contentious phrase than ‘born again’. Have you been asked that, and, if so, what do you think was meant by that question? What or who do you think TV commentators have in mind when speaking, for example, about the ‘born again’ vote? Today’s passage comes directly after the whole born-again conversation that Jesus had with Nicodemus. He came to Jesus by…

Nearness of Kingdom

TRINITY UNITED CHURCH: FEBRUARY 25, 2024 SUMMARY: KINGDOM IS NEAR (Mark 1:9-15) ‘…Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the good news of God 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; (and so) repent and believe in the Good News.” We are not made to have to live with so much polarity, hatred, condemnation and, as we do so, it deeply damages us. It distorts us, it breaks and will ultimately kill us. The…

Treasure in jars of clay

TRINITY UNITED CHURCH: FEBRUARY 11, 2024 SUMMARY: TREASURE IN JARS OF CLAY (2 Corinthians 4:1-10) The Church’s early years after Christ were wild. There was huge persecution as Rome tried to stop this powerful grassroots movement of Life and Love and Hope from thrusting its way forward into every walk of life. The disciples were unstoppable as they went off in all directions with their message of sacred inclusivity and, that, despite ultimately their martyrdom at the hands of a…

The Call Part 3 of 4

we are being called out by something/ someONE who sees straight through whatever careful veneers we’ve made to mask our living – and seeing the very best of us – this is a someone who is constantly calling that very best out.

Wasted Talents

TRINITY UNITED CHURCH: NOVEMBER 19, 2023 SUMMARY: WASTED TALENTS Matthew 25:4-30 We really do need to stop burying what we’ve been given. Our reading, from Matthew 25:14- 30, is complex. It is easily misunderstood as we wrestle to get what Jesus may be saying. Just what are we to understand from this? Where is there possibly something good for us to hear? Notice who Jesus was speaking to, and what he was actually speaking about: he was speaking to his disciples about what life…

Paying of taxes to Caesar

PAYING OF TAXES TO CAESAR (Matthew 22:15-22) We, as a faith community of Christ followers, are intended to be living in a way that is different from the so-called ‘world’. Jesus was truly counter-cultural. He was so then, and he is still no less so now – in every part of the world where he is followed today. To follow Jesus – and the way of Jesus – is to be part of a lifelong journey of counter-cultural transformation which…