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Living In-Between

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Living In-Between

In Acts 1, the disciples take their first act after the Ascension: replace Judas. But the story of our lives shows that replacing him only papers over the trauma. Jesus taught them as much. Their work isn’t to forget their enemies, but to love them. Not to pretend the world is broken, but work to […]

Abide the Rules?

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Abide the Rules?

Jesus has a pretty conflicting relationship to the rules. And for many Christians, you’d think Jesus gave us a mountain of rules to follow. But really there is just one really vague rule and he constantly urges us to look past the rest to see it. Rule-breaking and rule-making in the love of Jesus Easter […]

A Baptism in the Wilderness

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A Baptism in the Wilderness

In Philip’s baptism of the Ethiopian eunuch, we see our own invitation to embody God’s love, share in the redeeming of the world, and the offering of hope in the middle of nowhere. If we recognize the invitation for what it is: our everything. an invitation to embody God’s love Easter 5B  | Acts 8:26-40, […]

Parents and Children

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Parents and Children

Jesus speaks about something much deeper than shepherds and sheep — he embodies the very sacrificial love of God to show us how it’s done. the good parent stands up for all children Easter 4B  |  Acts 4:5-12, John 10:11-18 Parents and children. That’s what we’re going to talk about this morning. But as we […]

Being Present

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Being Present

While Easter stories rely on the absence of Jesus in the empty tomb, they also establish the presence of Jesus with the apostles to be the presence of Christ for each other. Easter and the returning presence of Jesus Easter 3B  | Luke 24:36b-48 When someone tells me they like the prequels to Star Wars, […]

The Tale of Two Easters

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The Tale of Two Easters

In our readings from Acts and John, we get two very different stories of the apostles responding to the risen Christ. But they both actually point to the same teaching. Luke and John reveal a false choice Easter 2B  | Acts 4:32-35, John 20:19-31 In Holy Week, we traced the last week of Jesus with […]

Before Christ is Risen

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Before Christ is Risen

For Christians, the empty tomb is a strange image for Easter — we struggle with what God is actually giving us: the need to wrestle with Jesus’s absence before we can find him present. Mary confronts death before seeing new life Easter  | John 20:1-18 There is more to say than “Christ is Risen!” Not […]

How to Love Change

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How to Love Change

The empty tomb is the great symbol of change. To proclaim the good news, we have to confront the truth. That we don’t hate change, we’re afraid of something else. Why we need the empty tomb The Great Vigil of Easter  |  Mark 16:1-8 “I hate change!” That’s what people tell me. Every day I […]

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 […]