Lent

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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? […]

New Life

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Lent 5C - New Life

Here Jesus comes and that woman, Mary, who I imagined hitting Jesus’s chest in anger and mourning, whose brother has been brought back from the dead, this Mary, takes a pound of ointment, which is brought in a giant vessel and she is going to wash Jesus’s feet and prepare him for his burial. Mary […]

A Father’s Love

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Lent 4C - A Father’s Love

Who could blame him if he didn’t want to go to that party? I wouldn’t. I bet you wouldn’t either. He’s rightfully mad. All these years – nothing – gone to waste. The Lost Sons and our fear of intimacy Lent 4C | Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 The full text may be downloaded above. For the […]

Turning to GOD

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Lent 3C - Turning to GOD

And still we say that GOD punishes and we treat one another with great cruelty because we believe that GOD is in the business of hating and punishing and driving the immigrant out of the community in spite of everything written in Scripture which bears that as a lie, which reveals how false a claim […]

Paving With Good Intentions

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Lent 2C - Paving With Good Intentions

But that is the mission. Jerusalem is the goal. This is where it will be finished. This is where the glory of GOD will be revealed and death will not have the final word. How the Pharisees try to warn Jesus and he keeps going anyway Lent 2C |  Luke 13:31-35 To full text may be […]