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Bear fruit worthy of repentance

Bear fruit worthy of repentance

When we talk about repentance, do we also rejoice? Why do we so struggle with being changed by God, turned and shaped, being loved? The focus is not on what needs to change, but to let yourself be changed Advent 3B  |  Luke 3:7-18 John is not holding back! Whew! I don’t want to be […]

Into the Wild Again

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Into the Wild Again

In Advent, we feel the subversive nature of following Jesus, the seduction of power, and the quiet call to walk into the wilderness. Jesus, John, and the subversive nature of Advent Advent 2C  |  Luke 3:1-6 It must be Advent 2 again, because here comes John! Reading about this wild man in the wilderness is […]

A New Chance

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A New Chance

In Luke 21:25-36, we get a vision of the end which usually trips our fears, but Jesus reminds us that he’ll be with us, standing against the fear. In Advent, we begin with the end, because the end is only the beginning. Advent 1C  |  Luke 21:25-36 There’s a saying: Begin with the end in […]

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 […]

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. […]

Lions Don’t Want to Eat Straw

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Lions Don't Want to Eat Straw

To be changed. We have to change. So that we don’t fear each other. The different. The foreigner. We give up our bigotry. We change. Regardless of whether or not they do. The Incarnation Is More Radical Than We Care To Admit. Advent 2A |  Isaiah 11:1-10 “A shoot shall come out from the stock […]