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Definitely, Peter

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Definitely Peter

What Jesus told them to do was follow him. Instead, 7 disciples went to the beach. Jesus reminds them their work is building community. When Jesus sees right through the fishing distraction Easter 3C | John 21:1-19 We’re at the beach. I really don’t know why. It’s all pretty disorienting. This morning, John drops us off […]

Freedom From Fear

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Freedom From Fear

When Jesus joins the disciples in John 20:19-31, we shouldn’t put Thomas on trial. It is their fear that reveals a greater doubt. The reconciling hope after the resurrection Easter 2C | John 20:19-31 Photo by Mauricio Artieda from Pexels Remember how we all gathered last week to celebrate the risen Christ! We came to see the lilies and […]

The Story

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The Story

In returning to the beginning of the story, we come to see how Jesus got here, how we got here, and what we’re called to about it. Easter invites us to remember the beginning Easter | Luke 24:1-12 Photo by Eric Sanman from Pexels Way back at the beginning, we learned about this old couple. Zechariah and Elizabeth. Zechariah […]

Looking For Jesus

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In the resurrection story, we get an Easter image as confounding as it is hopeful. Not only that Jesus is risen, but we still never expect it. among the living and not the dead Great Vigil of Easter | Luke 24:1-12 Photo by Porapak Apichodilok from Pexels Disciples are taught to follow their rabbi. Literally. They walk, you walk […]

Revealing the Way of Death

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Revealing the way of death

Luke makes it clear Jesus doesn’t “deserve” the crucifixion. Not only to maintain Jesus’s innocence but prove the moral corruption of execution. why “deserve” isn’t a Christian word Good Friday | Luke 22:39-23:56 Photo by Jade Maclean from Pexels We might picture the scene. It is late at night, they have gone into the Garden. The moon and stars […]

Before they walk in

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Before they walk in

In Luke 19, we get a disturbing image that casts Jesus in a whole new light. That is if we haven’t been listening up until now. a love that transcends revolution Palm Sunday | Luke 19 When the gospel reading begins as this one does: “After telling a parable to the crowd at Jericho, Jesus went […]

Being There

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Being There

This morning’s lectionary is full of conflict and confusion, but Paul and Jesus are both compelling us to see that we’re the ones creating it. Turning from our destructive view of God Lent 3C | Exodus 3:1-15, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, Luke 13:1-9 Photo by Johannes Rapprich from Pexels When we get together for our Bible Study each Wednesday, […]

Facing Foxes

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Facing Foxes

The problem is us, not logic. Jesus invites us into a new world of mercy based in nonviolent relationships and we’d rather kill it. Jesus and our own human journey to Jerusalem Lent 2C | Luke 13:31-35 I love Ash Wednesday. It comes like a shot of adrenaline to me. I’m zapped awake to my […]

Hunger

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hunger

In Jesus’s temptation in the wilderness, we get a picture of resistance bigger than willpower and faith. A resistance to becoming powerful at all. Resisting temptation and power with Jesus Lent 1C | Luke 4:1-13 It was a traditional practice in ancient Israel to go out into the desert for a fast, as a cleanse […]

A Love Superpower

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A Love Superpower

The Transfiguration is the showstopper. But what happens when Jesus comes down the mountain reminds us what Jesus is really doing. the Transfiguration, trust, and transferred power Last Sunday after Epiphany C | Luke 9:28-43a This is the quintessential mountaintop experience. The kind of moment that totally changes the way these three people see the […]