PENTECOST 22 - 1 Kings 12:1-17, 25-29; Mark 10:35-45

The Kingdom of Israel after its first three kings (Saul, David, and Solomon) was split into two after an unwise decision by Solomon's son Rehoboam. In reaction to Rehoboam's poor decision, his opponent Jeroboam made his own unwise decision, and these bad choices on both side led not to any form of reconciliation, but the destruction of both sides . . .

In this sermon, Rev Derwyn connects this account from the book of 1 Kings to the political situation in Israel and Palestine today, and then encourages us on a personal level to consider how we respond to conflict between ourselves and others. Will we react in a way that ultimately leads to an unhelpful situation? Or will we take Jesus's words to heart and see how we can bring resolution in a manner that begins with service and refuses to lord authority over another?