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Proper 23b 2015: The Way

Job 23:1-9, 16-17 Psalm 22:1-15 Hebrews 4:12-16 Mark 10:17-31 The man was on a journey, “the way,” meaning he was a follower, or joined the followers of Jesus. He was on “the way.” Like others we have heard about, this … Continue reading

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Proper 20b 2015: False starts and failures and Jesus

Proverbs 31:10-31 Psalm 1 James 3:13-4.3, 7-8a Mark 9:30-37 We still want to be first, to be the first and the best. We want our football, hockey, soccer, and baseball teams to win. We want our children to be in … Continue reading

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Lent 4b2015: we’re hungry!

Numbers 21:4-9 Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 Ephesians 2:1-10 John 3:14-2 “Hunger” The short answer is “I don’t know.” I don’t know why God sent poisonous serpents to kill people. I’d like to say that that’s not the God that I know. … Continue reading

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Lent 3b 2015: “loosing” faith

Exodus 20:1-17 Psalm 19 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 John 2:13-22 Some of our teenagers gathered together about a week ago, and they played a game that, roughly described, was an illumination of the difference between the way things are in God’s … Continue reading

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Proper 17a 2014: Faith is a verb

Exodus 3:1-15 Romans 12:9-21 Matthew 16:21-28 Frederick Buechner writes, Faith is better understood as a verb than as a noun, as a process than as a possession. It is on-again-off-again rather than once-and-for-all. Faith is not being sure where you … Continue reading

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Trinity Sunday 2013: Word play

“Word play”  Impossible.  Remember the story of Cinderella?  How about the movie version with Leslie Ann Warren?  In that timeless fairy tale, a pumpkin becomes a glittering carriage, and the lyrics of a song declare the transformation to be:  impossible: … Continue reading

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Proper 18b 2012: almost eyewitnesses

Mark 7:24-37 Today we are listeners, almost eavesdroppers, on a once in a lifetime story about Jesus.  We are at the edges of the room while some impertinent, totally unclean person – a woman – and a Gentile – slips … Continue reading

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