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An Embarrassment of Grace

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An Embarrassment of Grace

Jesus sends his disciples out before they’re ready to do the work they don’t understand. A lot like us. Because that’s the work for us to do. Jesus never said discipleship was easy Proper 6A | Matthew 9:35-10:23 Some time ago. A few years before seminary, before I preached my first sermon or proclaimed my […]

The Innocent Man

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The Innocent Man

If the problem is an earthly king, enthroned in power for years, then GOD revealed to us instead a Messiah, enthroned on the cross for a matter of hours. Jesus invites us to follow a weak Christ rather than a mighty king Last Sunday after Pentecost C |  Luke 23:33-43 Our church year ends this […]

This is where the church stands

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We stand here today because this is our work. To stand in the breach. To bridge the gaps and bring peace to a people at war. Not with false offerings of unjust silence, but in waging reconciliation. How to find unity in the church at time we feel so divided Proper 28 At convention this […]

You are blessed.

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You Are Blessed

In the midst of our anxiety, we have a cloud of witnesses attesting to the truth of what it really means to be blessed by God. How we see the light only when it’s dark All Saints’ Observed C |  Luke 6:20-31 When I went to vote on Thursday, I drove around the one-way streets […]

Climbing Trees

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Climbing Trees

In the story of Zacchaeus, in Luke 19:1-10, we find the culmination of teachings on money, power and faith, and a guy who has it all. How we try to get higher to find a God who tells us to get down. Proper 26C |  Luke 19:1-10 Did you climb trees as a kid? I […]

Of Serial and Mercy

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In the story of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, we get an opportunity to be wrong. Serial reveals we have have opportunities in our lives. How a podcast, a murder, and being wrong reveal God’s mercy. Proper 25C |  Luke 18:9-14 Serial, the most listened to podcast in history debuted two years ago. It […]

Persistent in Justice, Love

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Persistent in Justice, Love

Jesus could’ve used any old story. But he chose a widow and matched her up against a judge. A David vs. Goliath. A student against a tank. A tribe against an oil company. How the cries of the oppressed aren’t ignored by God. Proper 24C |Luke 18:1-18 She got a ticket for driving through a […]

Generous Mercy

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Generous Mercy

It is no mere coincidence that the man who turns is a Samaritan living in the borderlands. For it is those on the margins who most need Jesus’s mercy. How the mercy of Jesus to the foreigner, outcast and sick is inclusive love Proper 23C |  Luke 17:11-19 I’m going to guess that nobody here […]

Students of Small Things

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Students of Small Things

We’re obsessed with big. Which is why we have trouble with Jesus always going small. Embracing a call to faith without force Proper 22C |  Luke 17:5-10 We like things big in the U.S. When I was going to school in Canada, I’d show up with a 44 oz drink from Speedway and my friends […]

Debt Sucks the Life Out Of Us

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Debt Sucks The Life Out Of Us

Now Jesus takes a completely different tack with his students. He tosses them a much harder parable, one that continues to haunt and confuse his most earnest followers today. Repair an unjust system, repair relationships Proper 20C | Luke 16:1-13 The full text and audio may be downloaded above.