Here, after considerable delay, is the audio for my Palm Sunday sermon. I had a ton of very positive responses.
My main concern was the nature of royalty. In religious contexts we talk about “King” and “Lord” but those political realities are lost to history: all that survives are pomp and circumstance. It’s hard to fill out the meaning of “the kingdom of God” if “king” is a vague concept.
It clearly wasn’t for those who cheered Jesus into Jerusalem. Nor was it for Jesus.
In the sermon I try to recreate the meaning of “king” and then discuss what kind of king Jesus was. He wasn’t conventional, certainly.