Sermons tagged with ‘belief’

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Does Jesus Jump the Shark?

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Does Jesus Jump the Shark?

Sometimes the problem isn’t whether to read the Bible literally or metaphorically. It’s the asking us to pick which distorts the point. Jesus gets gross with the bread of life. Proper 15B  | John 6:51-58 To be honest, I don’t actually remember the episode. It was so long ago, but I’m sure I’ve seen it. […]

Being Present

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Being Present

While Easter stories rely on the absence of Jesus in the empty tomb, they also establish the presence of Jesus with the apostles to be the presence of Christ for each other. Easter and the returning presence of Jesus Easter 3B  | Luke 24:36b-48 When someone tells me they like the prequels to Star Wars, […]

Immediately

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Immediately

Mark’s gospel uses the word “immediately” a lot. But what if it isn’t literal or a figure of speech? What if the evangelist is getting us to see beyond our reality–to where the kin-dom already is? How the immediacy of Jesus reveals the presence of the kin-dom Epiphany 4B | Mark 1:21-28. Time travel. It’s […]

Sight and Belief

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Sight and Belief

For centuries, Christians have viewed Thomas as a scandal of doubt in the midst of the resurrection, rather than realize he isn’t the subject. Beyond Thomas, doubt, and our simple approaches to faith Easter 2A  | John 20:19-31 When we look at the same picture, do our brains assess the contents of the picture differently? […]