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Too Heavy

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Too Heavy

If the debt doesn’t kill you… then the weight of expectations just might. Here’s what Jesus has to say about such a death. mercy and the spirit-crushing weight of debt Proper 19A  | Matthew 18:21-35 So now this morning, we start with Peter’s response to this teaching. Remember, the teaching was very specific in methodology. […]

Removing Our Stumbling Blocks

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In Matthew 17 and 18, Jesus reveals the way stumbling blocks get in the way of God’s mission. Including our obsessions with rules and borders. minding the boundaries more than the mission Proper 18A  |  Matthew 18:15-20 A few years ago, a celebrity pastor got in trouble. He was the darling of the new reformed […]

Repent of Power

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Repent of Power

In Matthew 16:21-28, we see not just a simple rejection of Peter for being stupid, but a rejection of the historic seducing power of power. How Jesus shows us to reject the seduction of power Proper 17A | Matthew 16:21-28   Before he foretells of his death, Jesus warns his followers about the Pharisees. While […]

Changing the Image of Jesus

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Changing the Image of Jesus

When Peter calls Jesus the Messiah, he gets the right answer the wrong way. A pattern we repeat in our fear of chaos and of intimacy. how Jesus reorders the chaos through us Proper 16A  |  Matthew 16:13-20 If you’ve ever watched a painter work a canvas, you see the very transformation of absence into […]

Fever Dreams

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Fever Dreams - a homily

In Matthew 15, a confrontation with leaders, a teaching about evil, and an encounter with a woman expose the true evil of abuse and violence. Jesus, racism, and wrestling with violence Proper 15A  | Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28 With Jesus’s words Do not be afraid still ringing in their ears, When they had crossed over, they […]

Walking on Water

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Walking on Water

In the story, Jesus walks on water. So does Peter. He is just doing what Jesus did, offering us an option at a time of great fear. When darkness divides with fear there is beauty in hope Proper 14A | Matthew 14:22-33 The first time I walked on water, I was 16 years-old. I had […]

They Entered the Cloud

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They Entered the Cloud

Following Jesus can be really hard. But in the Transfiguration, we have a story about following the path, even when it forces us to face our fears. The Transfiguration shows us how to face our fears Transfiguration | Luke 9:28-36 Jesus chose three disciples to join him up a mountain, for prayer. It must be […]

Love Poets

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Like poets, Jesus invites his followers to observe in our world those places where God breaks through so that we might revel in that joy. discovering Jesus in the world and sharing his love Proper 12A | Matthew 13:31-33,44-52 The work of the poet is discovery. After ruthless editing of course. Discovery. It begins first […]

Revealed

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Revealed - How God is revealed in new ways when we least expect it

In Matthew’s parables, we are offered different visions of God’s dream for humanity, but we struggle to hear what Jesus is revealing. How God is revealed in new ways when we least expect it. Proper 11A  |  Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 The first time I knew that God was real, I was in seminary. While some […]

To Not Be Righteous

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To Not Be Righteous

As followers of Jesus, we are called into discipleship. But that doesn’t mean being more righteous than our neighbors but merely generous. Hospitality in an age of hostility Proper 8A  |  Matthew 10:40-42 This short gospel reading doesn’t seem like much. But if you’ve been following along the last few weeks, then you know it […]