Sermon: Power to Release

Kyle Kooyers

Sermon    
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Join us as we welcome Kyle Kooyers to the pulpit. Kyle is a Candidate for Ordination in the PC(USA), a Westminster member, and a program manager for the Kaufman Interfaith Institute. Kyle will reflect on "Power to Release" based on John 18:33-19:11, where we encounter two infamous conversations between Pilate and Jesus that creates an ambiguity as to who is actually on trial. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporally defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” In this passages we encounter two infamous conversations between Pilate and Jesus. Even amidst the drama of the Passion narrative, the theatrical back and forth between these two figures creates an ambiguity as to who is actually on trial. It is the one who wields imperial privilege or the one who carries truth and love? Surrounded by polarizing voices and plagued by fearful indecision, the character of Pilate illumines for us a picture of privilege and what happens when that privilege is presented with reorienting truth about claims to power.