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Tell It Slant – Cultivating a Generous Life Matthew 25:14-30, NRSV Reflections Dear God, I am so afraid to open my clenched fists! Who will I be when I have nothing left to hold on to? Who will I be when I stand before you with empty hands? Please help me to gradually open my […]

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Tell It Slant – The End of Pretending Luke 14:1, 7-14, NRSV Reflections Ignore the pecking order — or worse — upend it? Don’t network, don’t schmooze, don’t brown nose? Open my heart and home to people who can do nothing for me? People I have no affinity for? People I can’t impress, earn favors […]

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Tell It Slant – Conduits of Mercy Matthew 18:21-35, NRSV Reflections Maybe retaliation or holding onto anger about the harm done to me doesn’t actually combat evil. Maybe it feeds it. Because in the end, if we’re not careful, we can actually absorb the worst of our enemy, and at some level, start to become […]

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Tell It Slant – Catastrophes and Fig Trees Luke 13:1-9, NRSV Reflections We live in a finite world where everything is dying, shedding its strength. This is hard to accept, and all our lives we look for exceptions to it. We look for something strong, undying, infinite. Religion tells us that something is God. Great, […]

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The New Normal: A Radical Community is Created Acts 2:32-47, NRSV Reflections The deepest reality of life in the Spirit depicted in the book of Acts is that the disciples of Jesus rarely, if ever, go where they want to go or to whom they would want to go. Indeed the Spirit seems to always […]

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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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