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The New Normal: Doubts and Questions are Expected John 20:19-31, NRSV Reflections Anything can become a spiritual practice once you are willing to approach it that way—once you let it bring you to your knees and show you what is real, including who you really are, who other people are, and how near God can […]

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Lent Sermon Series: Again and Again… We are Called to the Path of Peace Luke 19:29-44, NRSV Reflections I can tell by the way the trees beat, after so many dull days, on my worried windowpanes that a storm is coming, and I hear the far-off fields say things I can’t bear without a friend, […]

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Lent Sermon Series: Again and Again… God Loves First John 3:1-21, NRSV Reflections Nicodemus is not a special case. No one knows where the Spirit comes from or where it goes. No one. The only thing that sets Nicodemus apart is that he is so uncomfortable with his unknowing. His problem is that he thinks […]

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Lent Sermon Series: Again and Again… We are Shown the Way John 2:13-22, NRSV Reflections The church member sins during the workweek, either by doing what is wrong or by failing to do what is right. Then on Sunday morning, this same individual, perhaps convinced of [their] personal righteousness, heartily sings the hymns, happily shakes […]

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Lent Sermon Series: Again and Again: We Take Up Our Cross Mark 8:28-38, NRSV Reflections And so long as you haven’t experienced this: to die and so to grow, you are only a troubled guest on the dark earth. — Goethe, The Holy Longing In any life situation, confronted by an outer threat or opportunity, […]

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Lent Sermon Series: Again and Again, God Meets Us Matthew 4:1-11, NRSV Reflections But that’s one way we can identify the devil’s voice: It always plays to our fears. It is the voice that tells us we must do something to prove who we are, to prove that we’re worthy, to prove that we are […]

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The Way of Love: Listens Mark 9:2-9, NRSV Reflections Jesus is the true and living Word of God. Jesus is what the Law and Prophets point toward and bow to. Jesus is what the Old Testament was trying to say, but could never fully articulate. Jesus is the perfect Word of God in the form […]

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Sick and tired of a different kind of virus Mark 1:29-34a, NRSV Reflections Jesus demonstrates that he doesn’t care about gender, or purity, or class or social status. He and Simon’s household participate in radically inclusive hospitality and care in their healing ministry, the door is open and anyone is welcome to join and yet…. […]

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The Way of Love: Liberates Mark 1:21-28, NRSV Reflections If Jesus Christ is truly creator (as divine Word) and redeemer (as Word Incarnate) then what is created out of love is ultimately redeemed by love. — Ilia Delio, Christ in Evolution Main point of this passage is not about the demons, but on Jesus’ power […]

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The Way of Love: Time Mark 1:14-20, NRSV Reflections Lord of time fulfilled, who was not born an angel but walked the common earth: with those you called by the lakeside may we share your mission to bring good news to all, to let the world know that God is among us; through Jesus Christ, […]

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