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The God of All Consolation 2 Corinthians 1:1-11, NRSV Reflections It is not that suffering or failure might happen, or that i will only happen to you if you are bad (which is what religious people often think), or that it will happen to the unfortunate, or to a few in other places, or that […]

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Putting New Wine into New Wineskins Mark 2:1-22, NRSV Psalm 103:6-14, NRSV Reflections If Christ is the answer, what are the real questions? Does God speak my language? How can we live out and share the gospel without domesticating the new wine? — Harvie Conn,Evangelism: Doing Justice and Preaching Grace Period of Epiphany Baptism of […]

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Elijah: Faith with a Limp 1 Kings 18:20-39, NRSV Mark 9:1-8, NRSV Reflections Be joyful, keep the faith, and do the little things. — St. David of Wales, d.589 The main question: where is God? We need prophets’ voices that scream out but that is not a sustainable way to live spiritually In the Bible, […]

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Series: The Ten CommandmentsThe Ninth Commandment: False Witness Exodus 20:16, NRSV James 3:1-12, NRSV Reflections There can be no love without truth. Without clear vision, love is a business of projection and fantasy. And there can be no truth without love. Without trust and tenderness and courtesy, truth will vanish behind the walls of fear […]

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Series: The Ten CommandmentsThe Fifth Commandment: Honoring Father and Mother Exodus 20:12, NRSV Ephesians 6:1-4, NRSV Reflections In one sense the modern world began as Freud’s attempt to kill his father ended in the killing of God. Freud taught us to believe that we ought to hate the ones who produced us, to render ourselves […]

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Series: Lord of Lent The Crucified King John 12:12-27; 19:16b-22, NRSV Reflections And when the story does turn the world upside down, or the order of nature anyway, by telling us that Jesus lives again, it isn’t suggesting that he didn’t really die, or that we won’t really die. The happy ending makes a promise […]

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Taste and See: Learning to Praise the Lord Psalm 34:1-8, NRSV Reflections The miserable idea that God should in any sense need, or crave for our worship like a vain [person] wanting compliments, or a vain author presenting his books to people he never met or heard of him, is implicitly answered by the words, […]

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The Earth Shall Be Filled Habakkuk 2:12-14, NRSV Reflections How can the waters cover the sea? They are the sea. It looks as though God intends to flood the universe with himself, as though the universe, the entire cosmos, was designed as a receptacle for his love. We might even suggest, as part of a […]

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Lenten Sermon Series: Songs of Lent Authentic Sacrifice Psalm 51, NRSV Reflections What we have lost… is a full sense of the power of God — to recuit people who have made terrible choices; to invade the most hopeless lives and fill them with light; to sneak up on people who are thinking about lunch, […]

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The Light Has Dawned Matthew 4:12-23, NRSV Reflections The ants know the formula for their ant heap; the bee knows the formula for his hive (they may not know it in human terms, but they know it in their own way and it is enough); human do not know their formula.— Fyodor DostoyevskyA Writer’s Diary: […]

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