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On Purpose

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On Purpose

What are we called to do? We aren’t a shining city on a hill, but we are people who build on hills so God’s light can be seen.  Sharing the redeeming love of God 5th Sunday after the Epiphany Isaiah 58:1-12, Matthew 5:13-20 What drives you? What gets you out of bed in the morning and […]

Respond

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Respond

They don’t feel like blessings, but they are. Because Jesus wants us to flip our economy upside down to make God’s dream for us a reality. The Beatitudes bless us in seeing 4th Sunday after the Epiphany |  Matthew 5:1-12 I don’t know what the disciples expected when they followed Jesus up the mountain. Maybe […]

Adversity

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For the Christian, adversity isn’t something we merely overcome, but something through which we live. In Jesus, we see what this looks like. And the Divine Liberator 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany |  Matthew 4:12-23, Isaiah 9:1-4 There’s a seam in our story this morning. One in which, if you’ve been following along, might cause some […]

The Invitation

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The Invitation

In John 1:29-42, the invitation to follow Jesus doesn’t come from him. It comes from John. In this hero’s journey, the hero is a disciple. The invitation to follow is only the beginning of the journey 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany |  John 1:29-42 There’s a part in every story when the hero is invited […]

Why Baptism?

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Why Baptism

Those of us inside the faith tend to forget why baptism is so important. It isn’t as complicated as we think. It just takes admitting that’s true. A question at the heart of Christian faith. The Baptism of our Lord |  Matthew 3:13-17 “Why Baptism?” I should have understood the question. It’s my kind. Question […]

Blessed with a Name

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Blessed with a Name

Our names are more than what we call each other. They help define our identities and beliefs. How we name one another is everything. Identity and the blessing of God Christmas 1A | Numbers 6:22-27 I don’t know how old I was. Maybe 8 or 9. Around my daughter’s age when I first learned what […]

And Darkness Did Not Overcome It

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And Darkness Did Not Overcome It

The opening to John’s gospel gives us a still-radical view of Christmas, the Feast of the Incarnation, as it goes beyond the baby and on to us. The Light of Christ and God’s children Christmas Day |  John 1:1-14 “In the beginning was the Word” When we read these words on Christmas morning, they feel […]

The Song of the Flesh

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The Song of the Flesh

In Christmas, we often see Jesus as coming to quiet the noise. But perhaps it is more like helping us hear the music of creation. In the Incarnation, the Word dwells among us. Christmas Eve |  Luke 2:1-14(15-20) This Advent several of us gathered Sunday evenings to eat together, to talk, to explore the birth […]

Echoes of Fear and Salvation

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Echoes of Fear and Salvation

But there’s a wrinkle here. GOD doesn’t just swoop in and fix our mistakes like a helicopter parent. There isn’t a single moment when all salvation is going to happen. Instead, we have a sign which not only marks that something is happening but also how long it takes. A frightened king, murder in Aleppo, and a […]

Waters Shall Break Forth

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Waters Shall Break Forth

These images reveal the beauty of creation and of GOD’s mission in the world. Of a dream that is not yet realized but will be. Will be! God’s message draws us to the margins Advent 3A |  Isaiah 35:1-10 When I first visited my grandparents in Green Valley, I really didn’t know what to expect. […]