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We Are More Than Kings

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We Are More Than Kings

In 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13, we find a grieving Saul and a grieving God searching for a new king. Even though God still doesn’t want the people to have a king; even as there is a king still on the throne. Even with our lust for power, we’re still driven to love. Proper 6B  | 1 […]

Making Home

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Making Home

Jesus’s return home in Mark reminds me of the movie musical, The Greatest Showman. God’s dream is made, not by or for the powerful, but by the misfits for all of us. And for it to work, we must all have a part to play. Jesus and “The Greatest Showman” Proper 5B  |  Mark 3:20-35 […]

Hallowing the Sabbath

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Hallowing the Sabbath

The Pharisees confront Jesus because his disciples break Sabbath law. Jesus turns the story around to show how few of them are really keeping the Sabbath. We could easily say the same about us. In Breaking the Sabbath, Jesus seeks to keep it. Proper 4B  |  Mark 2:23-3:6 “One sabbath Jesus and his disciples were going […]

Talentless

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Talentless

In the parable of the bridesmaids (Matthew 25:14-30), Jesus gives a chilling picture of the kin-dom which is more “what not to do” than it is “how to be a Christian”.   Jesus isn’t interested in your talent – only your love. Proper 28A  |  Matthew 25:24-30 If I entrusted you with a key to […]

Getting In (Proper 27A)

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Getting In - a homily for Proper 27A

In the parable of the bridesmaids, Jesus gives us, not instructions on how to get into heaven, but an example of how not to. Jesus isn’t nearly as focused on our getting into heaven as we are Proper 27A  |  Matthew 25:1-13 It was about this time 4 years ago when my friend Bruce died. […]

Blessed in the Dirt

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Blessed in the Dirt

In the Beatitudes, Jesus shows us what it truly means to be blessed, revealing the truth about the kin-dom. It isn’t about winning or getting in.   Being blessed by God means lifting up the lowest, not living like a king Saints A  | Matthew 5:1-12 Do you feel blessed? I don’t mean #blessed or […]

Love Against the Wind

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Love Against the Wind

Why we know to love, but not how or when. We often think of love as the antidote to chaos, but it isn’t so related to the chaos. The love Jesus calls us to is not from this world, but for it. Proper 25A  |  Matthew 22:34-46 This year, we gathered at the river for […]

Faces of Love

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Faces of Love

In Matthew 22:15-22, we get stuck on the words “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s” we forget the whole thing’s a trap. The point isn’t what we give to the Emperor, but that we see each other Proper 24A  | Matthew 22:15-22 I don’t know if any of you have […]

The Parable of the Sharp Dressed Man

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in Matthew 22:1-14, Jesus tells a weird parable about wedding banquet and a murderous king. How could this possibly reveal God to us? Jesus and the really weird wedding Proper 23A  |  Matthew 22:1-14 Remind me not to let Jesus be in charge of the guest list for any future weddings. That guy will let […]

In the Kingdom of Earth

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In the Kingdom of Earth, selfishness rules and violence is justified. How far such things are from what Jesus offers: a kin-dom of heaven. Selfish, violent, brutal, alone: hallmarks of the Kingdom of Earth Proper 22A | Matthew 21:33-46 Several years ago, Rose and I took a trip to northwestern Michigan. We stayed in a […]