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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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The Way of Love: Follows Psalm 139:1-6, NRSV John 1:35-51, NRSV Reflections What would happen if we left our comfortable vantage points, and dared to believe that just maybe, we have been limited and hasty in our original certainties about each other, about God, and about the world? To “come and see” is to approach […]

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The Way of Love… Receives Mark 1:4-11, NRSV Reflections As we enter the season of Epiphany, new questions arise: Will we allow the light that has broken forth to illuminate the darkest corners of our hearts, our families, and our lives? Can we—will we—follow Jesus as he untwists the mangled metal of our shattered souls […]

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Those Who Dream… Sow Joy and Justice Isaiah 61:1-4, NRSV Luke 1:46-55, NRSV Reflections If this great reversal (of Mary’s Magnificat) is not my longing, if I hesitate or downright refuse to construe Christ’s coming in terms of systemic change and resistance to oppressive forces, Mary’s Magnificat presses me to ask if I am among […]

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Those Who Dream… Keep Awake Isaiah 64:1-4, NRSV Mark 13:24-37, NRSV Reflections Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. — Langston Hughes, Dreams dominant power is not the ultimate power keep awake is to do truth telling, often with sadness learning to wait for God what […]

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When Things Fall Apart: Uncertainty Matthew 14:22-33, NRSV Reflections We might see the moral of the story as “you should have so much faith that you can walk on water toward Jesus” but the truth of this story is that Jesus walks toward us. The truth of the story is that my abundance of faith […]

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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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