Epiphany

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Listen

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Listen

In the Transfiguration, we get the big spectacle event, so consuming with visual, power, and misunderstanding, we might fail to hear the voice in the middle of it all saying “listen to him.” Are we listening to Jesus any better than the disciples? Epiphany Last B | Mark 9:2-9 The story doesn’t begin at the […]

Immediately

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Immediately

Mark’s gospel uses the word “immediately” a lot. But what if it isn’t literal or a figure of speech? What if the evangelist is getting us to see beyond our reality–to where the kin-dom already is? How the immediacy of Jesus reveals the presence of the kin-dom Epiphany 4B | Mark 1:21-28. Time travel. It’s […]

Nobodies

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Nobodies

In calling his first disciples to fish for people, Jesus knows they can’t do that from where they are. But he has already chosen them for who they are. Jesus calls these particular nobodies to give up everything Epiphany 3B | Mark 1:14-20 Most stories have great opening lines. “If you are interested in stories […]

Baptized in Love

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Baptized in Love

The Baptism of Jesus is often treated like the necessary means of getting Jesus into the right space with the cosmos: that if he doesn’t get dunked, he’s stuck. Or else we treat it like the perfunctory reason behind our religious rite. But baptism is way more than that. It’s the start of something awesome. […]

In the Light

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In the Light

In the Epiphany, the church concludes the Christmas season in the same spirit with which it began: that a light comes into the world in the midst of darkness to be for us a permanent reminder of God’s presence and love.   Reinforcing the Christmas Light is in us The Epiphany  |  Matthew 2:1-12 We […]

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 […]