Lent

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Who They Can’t Forgive

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Who They Can't Forgive

This moment in John 12:20-33 is the tipping point. Time’s up. Make your decision. And Jesus is surrounded by people who don’t understand that forgiveness is everything. Even after resurrection, we refuse to forgive what we don’t understand. Lent 5B  | John 12:20-33 There’s a scene before this one. Before these Greeks come looking for […]

Praying in the Dark

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Praying in the Dark

In Nicodemus, we find a stand-in for us. He’s confused, frightened, and showing up at the wrong time. And yet he’s responding to an invitation when he least expects it to do something amazing. How our searching in the dark helps bring the light to us. Lent 4B  | John 3:14-21 You’ve probably heard the […]

The Art of Love

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The Art of Love

In overturning the tables in the temple and reimagining Sabbath law, Jesus invites us into a new relationship to our work. Not as adherents and citizens, but as artists and co-creators. Jesus invites us to be artists collaborating in a global masterpiece Lent 3B  | John 2:13-22 This church may have a lot of doors […]

Condemning Our Fear of Silence

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Condemning Our Fear of Silence

In the first Passion prediction in Mark 8:31-38, Peter speaks when he should be listening, revealing how important it is to listen — because we’re likely to get the mission of Jesus wrong. We are so bothered by silence, we struggle to hear Jesus Lent 2B  |  Mark 8:31-38   This story of Jesus is […]

Facing Repentance

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Facing Repentance

In Mark 1:9-15, Jesus reveals the mission of God, but another school shooting tests our resolve to see it, or to listen to his words of hope, saying that the time is now, kin-dom is here! A school shooting tests Ash Wednesday’s invitation to reconciliation Lent 1B  |  Mark 1:9-15 I had a really good […]

Ashes and Hearts – On Fire

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Ashes and Hearts - On Fire

Most of what we talk about on Ash Wednesday is found in the small part of the Sermon on the Mount we get in the lectionary (Matthew 6:1-6,16-21). The rest of the chapter reveals it means so much more. Ash Wednesday is way more than ashes – it’s the work of forgiveness Ash Wednesday  |  […]

Seeing Jesus

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Seeing Jesus

In healing the Man Born Blind, Jesus reveals the mercy of God. In the Pharisees, we see the challenge of blindness to true work of Jesus. The blinding power of certainty and the light of mercy Lent 4A  |  John 9:1-41 Why do bad things happen? That isn’t the question this passage answers. Nor does […]

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? […]