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Speaking Love

The texts for Sunday, September 7th, 2014:  Ezekiel 33:7-11; Psalm 119:33-40; Romans 13:8-14; and Matthew 18:15-20 . “So you, mortal, I have made a sentinel for the house of Israel; whenever you … Continue reading

September 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Reclamation Grace

The texts for Sunday, September 15, 2013 (Lectionary 24C):  Exodus 32:7–14; Psalm 51:1–10; 1 Timothy 1:12–17; and Luke 15:1–10. “Create in me a clean heart, O God,  and renew a right spirit within me.” – … Continue reading

September 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

The message of reconciliation

The texts for Sunday, March 10, 2013: Joshua 5:9–12; Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16–21; and Luke 15:1–3, 11b–32 “that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not … Continue reading

March 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Vulnerability of Incarnation

The text for this reflection/sermon for the first Wednesday service in Advent (December 5, 2012):  Luke 22: 14-19 One of the things that may become obvious, or maybe not, looking … Continue reading

December 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

A New and Living Way

The texts for Sunday, November 18, 2012 (Lectionary 33): Daniel 12:1–3; Psalm 16; Hebrews 10:11–25; and Mark 13:1–8 … But, here the author of Hebrews takes that image of that … Continue reading

November 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

Be still, then…

The texts for Sunday, October 28, 2012 (Reformation Sunday): Jeremiah 31:31–34; Psalm 46; Romans 3:19–28; and John 8:31–36. “Be still, then, and know that I am God; I will be … Continue reading

October 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Born into a Broken World

The texts July 1, 2012 (moved from June 24, 2012 — the celebration of the birth of John the Baptist): Malachi 3:1–4; Psalm 141; Acts 13:13–26; and Luke 1:57–80 … … Continue reading

July 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

Confessions of a Lousy Gardener

A friend of mine asked me to help her learn to garden.  I honestly have mixed feelings about this. Not because I’m not excited that she wants to learn to … Continue reading

March 23, 2012 · 2 Comments

Working with our nothing

The texts for Sunday, March 4, 2012: Genesis 17:1–7, 15–16; Psalm 22:23–31; Romans 4:13–25; Mark 8:31–38. … How often in the church do we look for ways that we can … Continue reading

March 8, 2012 · 1 Comment

Glory Ungraspable

The texts for Sunday, February 19, 2012: 2 Kings 2:1–12, Psalm 50:1–6, 2 Corinthians 4:3–6, Mark 9:2–9   … There is a certain tragic edge to glory it seems. As though, we can only … Continue reading

February 20, 2012 · 2 Comments

Going to Hell

“The church is going to hell in a handbasket.” This is a phrase I hear periodically. I especially hear it from people who think that the church shouldn’t change, that … Continue reading

February 7, 2012 · 5 Comments

God’s Break(in)g

The texts for Sunday, January 8, 2012: Genesis 1:1–5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1–7, and Mark 1:4–11. … In these texts we have a God who doesn’t seem overly interested in … Continue reading

January 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

Out, out damned spot

Text:  Isaiah 4: 2-6 Let me give you a couple of scenes that flash in my mind as I read this text. The first I imagine is a soldier—of ancient times— … Continue reading

December 8, 2011 · Leave a comment

Saints Are Us

The texts for Sunday, November 6, 2011:  Revelation 7:9–17; Psalm 34:1–10, 22; 1 John 3:1–3; and Matthew 5:1–12 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went … and taught … saying:  … Continue reading

November 4, 2011 · Leave a comment

Praying for transformation

The texts for Sunday, October 2, 2011 were: Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:7-15; Philippians 3:4b-14; and Matthew 21:33-46. “Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from … Continue reading

October 6, 2011 · 1 Comment

Posing Questions

The texts for Sunday, September 11, 2011 (at least the ones that we’re using) were: Jonah 3:1-4:11; Psalm 140; Ephesians 2:1-7 [8-10]; and Luke 10:25-37  This Sunday, we had a picnic, … Continue reading

September 15, 2011 · 1 Comment

The Body Broken

The texts for Sunday, September 4, 2011 are: Ezekiel 33:7–11; Psalm 119:33–40; Romans 13:8–14; and Matthew 18:15–20. … No, we only encounter that God, that God embodied in Jesus when … Continue reading

September 4, 2011 · Leave a comment

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