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  • August 9, 2020

    “Mountain Tops and Valleys”

    Year A - Tenth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 14

    Always it seems that Jesus and his disciples were on the move.  As an itinerant rabbi, Jesus was on the road with his twelve disciples.  They were chosen and enrolled into an awesome travel study experience.  One that literally had highs and lows, mountain tops and valleys. The trip reported in Matthew 14:22-33 began with […]

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  • June 7, 2020

    “The Magnificent God and what is Trinity Sunday?”

    June 7, 2020—Trinity Sunday; First Sunday after Pentecost

    Today is Trinity Sunday, the Sunday after Pentecost. While most Protestant churches focus their Church Calendar celebrations primarily on Advent, Christmas, Easter and perhaps on Lent and Pentecost, there are other important dates in the historic calendar to which Christians should at least give attention. One of those days relates to the Triune God, a […]

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  • January 12, 2020

    "To Be God’s Chosen"

    Year A - Baptism of the Lord - First Sunday after the Epiphany

    Listen to the words from Isaiah: (Isaiah 42:1-9) “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.” And now listen to the words of Matthew at Jesus’ baptism: (Matthew 3:12-17) “And when Jesus had been […]

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  • July 28, 2019

    “Living into Your Baptism”

    Year C - Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

    Before I turn to our third study of Colossians, I want to pause and reflect with you on another of the specially assigned readings for today—Psalm 85. It contains one of the Psalter’s priceless poems concerning the plight of Israel and it should set an important tone for our further thinking. If we human beings […]

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  • July 21, 2019

    “The Incredible Portrait of Jesus and God’s Ultimate Goal”

    Year C: The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

    Before we turn to the incredibly elevated text about Jesus in Colossians, I want to call your attention to Psalm 15 which is one of the shortest texts in the Psalter. Its length, however, is no measure of its importance because this psalm deals with the crucial question of human integrity. Positioned immediately after Psalm […]

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  • July 14, 2019

    “Confronting the Plumb Line of Christian Baptism”

    Year C - The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

    In contrast to the basic way we in the western world think, the people of Israel were very eastern. They loved to think in word-pictures and in stories. While we in the west also love stories and become entranced with movies, we usually prefer to draw our conclusions to problems and issues on the basis […]

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  • March 10, 2019

    “Our Lord knows the way through the wilderness”

    Year C - First Sunday in Lent

    So, on fire for God, Jesus returned from his baptism. Then in this spirit he was moved to go into the back woods for forty days, where the Confuser took some cracks at him. During that time, he didn’t eat anything, so he was hungry when the time was up. Then the Confuser said to […]

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  • January 13, 2019

    “The Next Chapter”

    Year C - First Sunday after the Epiphany – Baptism of the Lord

    One of the most memorable experiences I had in seminary took place in a Christian Education class.  The professor asked us to imagine that we were writing a book about our lives.  What title would you give to the book?  It’s a good question. What title would you give to the story of your life […]

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  • January 7, 2018

    “Sweeping and Hovering and Moving and Brooding: The Way God Works with Water”

    Year B – First Sunday after the Epiphany – Baptism of the Lord

    Several years ago, we awoke on January 1st on the coast of South Carolina, wishing one another “Happy New Year.” We ate a simple vacation breakfast of cereal, bagel, powdered donuts. We packed snacks and bundled up to meet Jerry, our kayaking guide. We found our way to the little boat ramp on the Broad […]

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  • December 10, 2017

    “When Heaven Isn’t What We Expect”

    Year B - The Second Sunday of Advent

    The Witness of Scripture: Mark’s gospel does not begin with angels whispering in Mary’s ear. There are no shepherds keeping watch over their flocks by night, no wise men from the east following a star, no big-eyed animals standing around a straw-stuffed manger. Mark either did not know about those things or else he did […]

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