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Treasure in Clay Jars 2 Corinthians 4:5-15, NRSV Matthew 5:13, NRSV Reflections Whenever we deny that we’re wounded, we prepare the perfect breeding ground for bitterness, anger, cynicism, coldness, and rage. When we don’t recognize and accept our wounds and frustrations, we easily grow cold, grow hard, and toughen our skins, minds, and hearts. We […]

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Sermon Series: Welcome of Resurrection Strugglers Welcome Luke 24:13-35, NRSV Reflections Emmaus is whatever we do or wherever we go to make ourselves forget that the world holds nothing sacred… where we spend much of our lives, you and I, the place that we go to in order to escape — a bar, a movie, […]

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Sermon Series: Welcome of Resurrection Failures Welcome John 20: 1-19, NRSV Psalm 32:1-2, NRSV Reflections We must always be ready to be surprised by God. They were, that spring morning, the third time they saw him after his resurrection… They were surprised by the huge catch… They were surprised by Jesus himself. And they were […]

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Sermon Series: Welcome of Resurrection Weepers Welcome John 20: 10-18, NRSV Psalm 56:8, NRSV Reflections Tears are a biological gift of God. They are a physical means for expressing emotional and spiritual experience. But it is hard to know what to do with them. If we indulge our tears, we cultivate self-pity. If we suppress […]

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Ambition through the Lens of the Cross Mark 11: 7-11, NRSV Philippians 2: 3-11, NRSV Reflections Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less. — Attributed to C.S. Lewis Don’t be overly ambitious, especially coming from pride Selfish ambition   Enemy of Ambition Selfish – always sizing others and compare […]

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Power Through the Lens of the Cross Luke 23:3-4; 23-25, NRSV 1 Corinthians 1:26-31, NRSV Reflections When grace is pierced, it bleeds pardon. When grace is crucified, it doesn’t condemn. Crucified grace is even cognizant of how nearly impossible it is for sinful persecutors to act otherwise. Those who seek to imitate this kind of […]

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The Cross and Wisdom Isaiah 29:13-14, NRSV 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, NRSV Reflections In terms of human wisdom, Jesus was a perfect fool. And if you think you can follow him without making something like the same kind of fool of yourself, you are laboring not under the cross, but a delusion. — Frederick Buechner We […]

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King Herod: Fear, Faith, and Doubt Mark 6:14-29, NRSV Reflections For many people, the opposite of faith is doubt. The goal, then, within this understanding, is to eliminate doubt. But faith and doubt aren’t opposites. Doubt is often a sign that your faith has a pulse, that you’re owning your path, engaged, thinking, feeling, that […]

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Jesus: Healing with Resurrection Power Mark 5:21-43, NRSV Psalm 131, NRSV Reflections Just as Jesus wasn’t coming to be a one-man liberation movement in the traditional revolutionary sense, so he wasn’t coming to be a one-man emergency medical centre. He was indeed starting a revolution, and he was indeed bringing God’s healing power, but his […]

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The Parable of the Sower Mark 4:1-20, NRSV Psalm 126, NRSV Reflections One of the best-kept secrets, and yet one hidden in plain sight, is that the way up is the way down. Or, if you prefer, the way down is the way up. This pattern is obvious in all of nature, from the very […]

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