Sermon: “Health and Wealth Gospel”

When Stravisnky’s Rite of Spring premiered in 1913, it nearly caused a riot. A hundred years on, it’s now recognized as one of the greatest pieces of the 20th century–even becoming the score to a Disney cartoon. What happened? If the music didn’t change, maybe the audience did.

Is it possible that to read difficult texts like Acts 5, we might need to become a different sort of “audience”? What kind of people would we need to be in order for a story to be good news even though it describes a God so powerful as to give both life and death? If we are open to imagine the way that God’s power could transform our communities enough to give us freedom from our “stuff,” then maybe this story could be music to our ears.

“Health and Wealth Gospel”
Sermon by The Rev. Joe Gunby
Acts 4:32 – 5:11
June 25, 2017