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Living Waters

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Living Waters

In his meeting with the woman at the well, we see how Jesus moves us from division, selfishness, and separation toward inclusion in God. A woman, Jesus, and the well which connects them Lent 3A  |  John 4:5-42 Growing up on Lake Huron, in the northern part of the lower peninsula of Michigan, the living […]

Look Up

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Look Up

Jesus’s encounter with Nicodemus is one of the most compelling and confusing exchanges in John. But in it, we see our own confusions, ourselves. Jesus, Nicodemus, and the very mercy of God Lent 2A  | John 3:1-17 There’s something hinky going on here. Jesus and Nicodemus and this late night visit. And how each of […]

Tempted

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Tempted

In the temptations in the wilderness, Jesus doesn’t just face the devil, but the very corruption every human faces: the desire for security and control. Jesus offers a different security system than ADT Lent 1A  |  Matthew 4:1-11 This is the first thing after. A thousand things he could’ve done. Jesus is the Messiah, right? […]

Becoming Holy

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Becoming Holy

I think we’re afraid of the Transfiguration. Afraid through skepticism, through belief; afraid of what it says and means, afraid of becoming holy. The Transfiguration and our fear of weird Last Sunday after the Epiphany |  Matthew 17:1-9 There’s a weirdness on that mountain. If we’ve learned anything from our scripture, it might be to […]

Choose to Love

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Choose to Love

When Jesus said he came to fulfill the Law, he was talking about building the blessed community of love and hope, not individual freedom. Or How to Build the Blessed Community 7th Sunday after the Epiphany Leviticus 19:1-2,9-18, Matthew 5:38-48 This is an honest question. How many times have we heard a Christian, a follower […]

Reconsider

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Reconsider

In this sequence from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus repeats “you have heard it said…but I say to you…” turning everything we know on its head. Jesus shatters the myth of the certain faith 6th Sunday after the Epiphany Matthew 5:21-37 For the last month or so we’ve been talking about what goes into […]

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 […]