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Temptation

031019 Lent 1 Luke 4:1-13 Both last Sunday and on Ash Wednesday I made reference to the words spoken at Jesus’ baptism: “You are my beloved son; with you I am well pleased.” I’m going to do it again today, because, according to the Gospel, those were the last words Jesus heard before the devil…

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Freedom from Cover Ups

030319 Transfiguration  Exodus 34:29-35; 2 Corinthians 3:7-4:2 Today is Transfiguration Sunday, the day we commemorate the story of Jesus’ glorious visit from Moses and Elijah. The passages we read all speak of a glorious light shining from people’s faces, and of the veiling of that light. In Exodus Moses’ face shone because he had been…

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Faith beyond Resentment

022419 Epiphany 7c Genesis 45:3-11, 15; Luke 6:27-38 It’s always tricky to preach on a biblical story that evokes powerful, and contradictory, emotions. The story of Joseph evokes a variety of emotions: on the one hand, resentment and anger; but also wonder and awe, suspicion and doubt, inspiration and motivation. Today’s reading is only a…

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Grace around the edges

 020319 Epiphany 4c Luke 4:21-30 Most churches have an easier time with their Annual Meeting than we just did. Translating information into three different languages, and filtering its meaning through even more cultures, is a challenge we still have to meet. We are not there yet. I know that, and am willing to say it…

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Reimagining Holiness

012719 Epiphany 3c Neh. 8:1-10; I Cor. 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21 Nehemiah the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe said to the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God.” What makes something holy? For many people today, holy is a cultural term used to refer to what other people consider sacred. News…

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Enough to Fulfill the Dream

012019 Epiphany 2c I Cor. 12:1-11; John 2:1-12 Today we reflect on the dream and the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. 56 years have passed since he shared a dream of justice and equality with the American people. The country has moved forward and back on that dream in those years. Today we’re moving…

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Navigating by Starlight

010619 Epiphany 1c Isaiah 60:1-7; Eph. 3:1-13; Matthew 2:1-12 Today we begin the season of Epiphany with a day some call Three Kings Day because we remember the wise men who brought gifts to Jesus. Epiphany is the time between Christmas and Lent, which varies in length due to the lunar calendar; it will be…

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What Kind of Beginning?

123018 Christmas 1c What Kind of Beginning? John 1:1-18 Tomorrow night we will celebrate the New Year. How will you celebrate? One thing that happens at midnight on New Years is a lot of chaos. People make noise–with horns, fireworks, noisemakers, or simply screaming; we revel; we dance; we hug strangers; we do things we…

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Juggling our Hopes and Fears

122318 Advent 4c Juggling our Hopes and Fears Micah 5:2-5; Luke 1:39-45 As most of you know I spent yesterday participating in a Faith Caravan to Tijuana. I got mixed reviews about the idea of going: Some said it would be too dangerous; others said we couldn’t do any good by going; a few wondered…

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