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High-Tops

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High-Tops

When someone speaks of their desire to put the Christ back into Christmas, I like to ask which part of Christ is missing: the revolutionary or sacrificial? The Christmas Story is told in the stories of giving shoes and coins Christmas III  | John 1:1-14 Several years ago, when my daughter was very young she was […]

In the Dark

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The Dark

Like our Celtic ancestors, we gather in the dark, in our greatest darkness to be present to the light–because this is how light is best known.   In the darkest night, we can know God’s love best. Christmas II  | Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20 Tonight we gather like our Celtic ancestors did long, long ago. On […]

From the Darkness Comes a Great Light

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The Dark

In the sharing the Christmas story, we’re invited to begin with what we’d avoid. We begin in darkness so we can see how bright the light is.   preparing the whole story Christmas I  | Luke 2:1-14(15-20) Tonight we gather at the setting sun like our Celtic ancestors did long, long ago. They would gather […]

Magnifying God

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There’s a way we turn Mary into a stock character for the plot rather than the key to understanding who Jesus is supposed to be for us.   How Mary helps us better see what God is doing Advent 4B  | Luke 1:26-38 This morning I remind you that it isn’t yet Christmas! The sun […]

Standing Among Us

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Standing Among Us

John the Baptist returns for Advent 3B (John 1:6-8,19-28). But do we handicap the truth by expecting honesty in response to a dishonest question? How dishonesty keeps the faithful from seeing Jesus Advent 3B  |  John 1:6-8,19-28 Who are you? This is the question the priests and Levites were sent to ask. Sent. By whom? The […]

Repentance–Turning Toward Love

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Repentance--Turning Toward Love

In preaching repentance, John reveals the surprising truth about the mission of Jesus. That we are first called to admit that we were wrong. the radical heart of an unconventional faith Advent 2B  |  Mark 1:1-8   Reading the opening verses of Mark, we’re often struck by what’s not there. There’s no Mary and Joseph. […]

The Pain of Memory

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The apocalyptic opening to Advent always shook me. Now I realize that this is the whole point. Advent isn’t about the baby, but about us. Advent, new beginnings, and the distorting pain of nostalgia. Advent 1A | Mark 13:24-37   The people collected their weapons. The secret gatherings swelled with supporters coming from all over […]

Talentless

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Talentless

In the parable of the bridesmaids (Matthew 25:14-30), Jesus gives a chilling picture of the kin-dom which is more “what not to do” than it is “how to be a Christian”.   Jesus isn’t interested in your talent – only your love. Proper 28A  |  Matthew 25:24-30 If I entrusted you with a key to […]

Getting In (Proper 27A)

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Getting In - a homily for Proper 27A

In the parable of the bridesmaids, Jesus gives us, not instructions on how to get into heaven, but an example of how not to. Jesus isn’t nearly as focused on our getting into heaven as we are Proper 27A  |  Matthew 25:1-13 It was about this time 4 years ago when my friend Bruce died. […]

Blessed in the Dirt

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Blessed in the Dirt

In the Beatitudes, Jesus shows us what it truly means to be blessed, revealing the truth about the kin-dom. It isn’t about winning or getting in.   Being blessed by God means lifting up the lowest, not living like a king Saints A  | Matthew 5:1-12 Do you feel blessed? I don’t mean #blessed or […]