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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 […]

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 […]