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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 […]

A ‘Kum Bah Ya’ Moment

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A Kum Bah Ya Moment

In Matthew 10:24-39, we find the downside of discipleship, the hard stuff which would drive us away from it. If we didn’t know what’s at stake. from discipleship to civil rights to now Proper 7A  |  Matthew 10:24-39 There are certain times preachers don’t want to take on the gospel. Often because it’s hard to […]

An Embarrassment of Grace

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An Embarrassment of Grace

Jesus sends his disciples out before they’re ready to do the work they don’t understand. A lot like us. Because that’s the work for us to do. Jesus never said discipleship was easy Proper 6A | Matthew 9:35-10:23 Some time ago. A few years before seminary, before I preached my first sermon or proclaimed my […]

Discipleship Reimagined

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Discipleship Reimagined

When we take the Great Commission as our marching orders, we often make the same mistakes about Jesus the first disciples made. A journey through life in active relationship First Sunday after Pentecost  |  Matthew 28:16-20 These are the last words in the gospel of Matthew. Words which are often referred to as “the Great […]

With the Communion of Saints

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With the Communion of Saints

In the ascension, Jesus leaves the followers with the vision, mercy, and love to do the work they were already doing, always called to do. The Power and weakness of God is in us, in our love and work Easter 7A  |  Acts 1:6-14, John 17:1-11 The book of Acts begins with an end. It […]

Full of Love

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Full of Love

We get that Jesus wants his followers to love others. It’s just that we have plenty of “yeah, but” excuses for not making it more important. Following in the way of Jesus means relearning to love Easter 6A  | John 14:15-21 My parents were going out on a date and I was old enough to […]

Hearts Broken Open

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Hearts Broken Open

In Acts, we are given the example of Stephen–a deacon, prophet, and preacher–whose love reveals the very love of God for all of us. The killing of Stephen and the opening of our hearts Easter 5A  |  Acts 7:55-60 Why do they kill Stephen? Our lectionary jumps in at the very end of a two […]

Sharing Love

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Sharing Love

In Acts, the followers of Jesus show us what it looks like to follow Jesus. But are we up to accepting the challenge for ourselves? The challenge of trusting God in the 21st Century Easter 4A  |  Acts 2:42-47 You’ve probably heard the story before. It’s told several ways, but often goes something like this. […]

The Invisible Revolution

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The Invisible Revolution

In the walk to Emmaus, Luke shows us the essential character of Jesus is revealing the invisible, showing his followers what true revolution looks like. The road to Emmaus reveals the dream of God Easter 3A  |  Luke 24:13-35 This is among the most famous walks in history. Two followers of Jesus meet a stranger on […]

Sight and Belief

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Sight and Belief

For centuries, Christians have viewed Thomas as a scandal of doubt in the midst of the resurrection, rather than realize he isn’t the subject. Beyond Thomas, doubt, and our simple approaches to faith Easter 2A  | John 20:19-31 When we look at the same picture, do our brains assess the contents of the picture differently? […]