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Love Against the Wind

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Love Against the Wind

Why we know to love, but not how or when. We often think of love as the antidote to chaos, but it isn’t so related to the chaos. The love Jesus calls us to is not from this world, but for it. Proper 25A  |  Matthew 22:34-46 This year, we gathered at the river for […]

Faces of Love

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Faces of Love

In Matthew 22:15-22, we get stuck on the words “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s” we forget the whole thing’s a trap. The point isn’t what we give to the Emperor, but that we see each other Proper 24A  | Matthew 22:15-22 I don’t know if any of you have […]

The Parable of the Sharp Dressed Man

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in Matthew 22:1-14, Jesus tells a weird parable about wedding banquet and a murderous king. How could this possibly reveal God to us? Jesus and the really weird wedding Proper 23A  |  Matthew 22:1-14 Remind me not to let Jesus be in charge of the guest list for any future weddings. That guy will let […]

In the Kingdom of Earth

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In the Kingdom of Earth, selfishness rules and violence is justified. How far such things are from what Jesus offers: a kin-dom of heaven. Selfish, violent, brutal, alone: hallmarks of the Kingdom of Earth Proper 22A | Matthew 21:33-46 Several years ago, Rose and I took a trip to northwestern Michigan. We stayed in a […]

Giving Grace

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Giving Grace

The hardest challenge Jesus gives those inside the church is to recognize that the saving grace is not about who we were before, but during and after. Making Sacramental moments with the love of God Proper 21A  |  Matthew 21:23-32 Before Jesus is teaching in the Temple and these chief priests and scribes question his […]

Generous and Just

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Generous and Just

Jesus’s parable of the laborers in the vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16) doesn’t seem fair. But that’s because we don’t want it to be. With the laborers in the vineyard, Jesus reveals the justice of mercy Proper 20A  |  Matthew 20:1-16 For those who have not heard this gospel story before, or hardly recognize it, you can […]

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 […]