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Qualities of a Trinitarian Life

061619 Trinity Sunday  Prov. 8; Rom. 5:1-5; John 16:12-15   Today is Trinity Sunday. When we spoke of the trinity a couple of weeks ago, we explored how at creation the Holy Trinity designed a trinitarian pattern for life throughout the universe. Trinity is not just a doctrine that Christians teach; it is a reality…

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One

060219 Easter 7c John 17:20-26   So Paul and Silas were walking down the road when a young woman started shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation.” The same thing happened the next day; and the next day. Finally, Paul had had enough: he…

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What it Means to be Pro-Life, part 2

052619 Easter 6c  Rev. 21:10; 21:22-22:5   Today we continue our exploration of what it means to be pro-life when the term has been hijacked and distorted by the way it has been framed. One of the things I love about Jesus is that he refused to accept the way others framed issues if it…

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What Pro-Life Looks Like

051919 Easter 5c  Acts 11:1-18; Rev. 21:1-6; John 13:31-35   This has been quite a week for witnessing what different people consider pro-life. As she signed a bill to criminalize abortion, Alabama’s Governor Kay Ivey described it as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life…

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Experiencing Resurrection in Despair

051219 Easter 4c  Acts 9:36-43   During this season of new life, it’s important to acknowledge that death takes many forms, and that resurrection must respond to everyone. On Good Friday Jesus died a physical death. Resurrection took the form of bodily resurrection. But throughout his life, and especially during the last week of his…

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Resurrection Requires Courage and Wisdom

042819 Easter 2c Acts 5:27-32 A few years ago, a movie came out called, The Last Station.  It tells the story of the final days of Leo Tolstoy’s life; specifically, the struggle over the royalties from his books between Tolstoy’s wife and one of his disciples. The wife wants the benefit to go to the…

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Resurrection Hope: Rescue or Rupture?

042119 Easter C Luke 24:1-12 Some of you have heard me tell the story of two old rabbis who were sitting together talking one day. One was a very old man with lots of experience. The other was young, still learning about being a rabbi.  The old rabbi kept testing the younger rabbi’s knowledge by asking…

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Whom Will You Imitate?

041419 Palm Sunday C Phil 2:5-18 Palm Sunday is a strange day in the church. We start out with what appears to be a victory march into Jerusalem. The people lay down their cloaks, wave palm branches and shout Hosanna. It makes for great theater. And some would argue that was the intention. After all,…

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Burning Bush Moments

032419 Lent 3c Exodus 3:1-15; Luke 13:1-9 One of my early mentors in community organizing was a guy named Ernie Cortez. Whenever I would complain that it seemed like the work was going backwards rather than forwards, he would say, “all organizing requires disorganizing.” What he meant is that when a community is organized in…

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