Epiphany

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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 […]

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 […]

Looking In the Wrong Direction

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I commend to you these three words or ideas to listen for in this summary of our story, for they are at the heart of our Gospel passage for today: identity, participation, greatness. The Transfiguration and revealing the glory of GOD Epiphany LastC |  Luke 9:28-36, [37-43a] For the text and audio, visit the Rector’s […]

Blessed For Mission

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Blessed for Mission

Jesus’s Baptism: This is huge! And I honestly don’t understand why we don’t get this time off of school and aren’t making a bigger deal of it. Putting Jesus’s baptism at the center of faith Epiphany 1C |  Luke 3:15-22 For the text and audio, visit the Rector’s Page