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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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Preparing

120918 Advent 2c Preparing Luke 3:1-6; Phil. 1:3-11 We are entering a season of preparation and hospitality. Last Thursday I met with David Cosio, Saul and Nalani Rodriguez to prepare an event to inaugurate a new youth group here at St. Athanasius on January 5 and we discussed how to create a welcoming atmosphere for…

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Creating Safety for Transformation

Jeremiah 33:14-16; I Thessalonians 3:9-13   One reason Jesus said blessed are the children and let the children come to me is that children know what they want and ask for it. If a baby is hungry she cries. If a toddler wants a toy he demands it. But as we grow up many of…

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The Cosmic Christ Truth in God’s Reign

Rev. 1:4-8; John 18:33-38   Almost 70 years ago Hannah Arendt wrote that the ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction and the distinction between true and false no longer exist. That sounds frighteningly close to a description…

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Spiritual and Religious

Pentecost 26 Spiritual and Religious Hebrews 10:19-25; Mark 13:1-8   I spent a few hours last week with a group of Episcopalians in a workshop on social enterprise. For those who aren’t aware, social enterprises are projects that combine business and social goals to improve financial, social and environmental well-being. Contemporary churches are using it…

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What do you Notice?

111118 Pentecost 25 What do you Notice? Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17; Mark 12:38-44   When I was living in Mexico a group of Lutheran Bishops from the United States visited a rural village in Oaxaca. Following a tour of some agricultural projects they gathered in the corn fields and the villagers brought them cases of Coca…

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Finding Life on the Edge

102818 Pentecost 23 Finding Life on the Edge Job 42:1-6, 10-17; Psalm 34; Mark 10:46-52   I can’t start this morning’s sermon without referring to the terrible hate crimes that have taken place during the last week. Finding the person who sent the pipe bombs was both a relief and a wake-up call. Yesterday’s synagogue…

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Beyond Good and Bad

Beyond Good and Bad Job 23:1-9, 16-17; Ps. 22:1-15; Heb. 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31   I read last week that one poll found that for 2018 “being a better person” and “losing weight” were tied for the most popular resolutions. So I guess our physical and spiritual goals are pretty well balanced. Trends show that being…

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