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Interpretation

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Interpretation

Jesus decries our reluctance to see what’s wrong with our world. Not because we can’t see it. But because we refuse to do what we need to do. Jesus and the gathering storm clouds Proper 15C | Luke 12:49-56 Photo by Moritz Böing from Pexels Jesus just opened up a can, didn’t he? And what is supposed to happen […]

When Freedom Knocks

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When Freedom Knocks

Jesus gives us a response to the questions of our time. In the face of fear and confusion, he offers something clear: a world to transform. And you’re too afraid to answer Proper 14C | Luke 12:32-40 Photo by nappy from Pexels When somebody says “Do not be afraid,” my first response is Wait, should I be? I want […]

In the Eyes

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In the Eyes

By the time we get to Luke 12:13-21, Jesus has radically rejected our will to racism and hate, revealing the true way of life is equality and love. Standing for dignity means also standing against indignity Proper 13C | Luke 12:13-21 Photo by Skitterphoto from Pexels I know you are super excited to hear a sermon about a real […]

Becoming Samaritan

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Becoming Samaritan

In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus isn’t giving us a natural reversal of roles. He’s exposing how our bias actually works. learning to love in a culture of hate Proper 10C | Luke 10:25-37 Photo by Abby Chung from Pexels Good stories like this one have many layers. We can peel back one to see what’s underneath. […]

Making Peace

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Making Peace

In Luke 10, Jesus sends the disciples out to proclaim peace. We’d rather avoid the truth: that some people we like don’t want to hear it. Jesus sends us out to make peace not justify our hate Proper 9C | Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 Photo by Artem Beliaikin @belart84 from Pexels Even after a cascading series of mistakes, Jesus trusts […]

Consumed by Hate

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Consumed by Hate

In Luke 9:51-62, the disciples continue to misunderstand what Jesus is showing them: God’s love isn’t transactional. It restores us all. satisfaction and the justice of God Proper 8C | Luke 9:51-62 Photo by Dominika Roseclay from Pexels “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” Let’s take a moment […]

Love Ambassadors

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Love Ambassadors

The power in the story of the man healed of so many demons is not simply that he finds someone to love him. It’s that he becomes a multiplier of love. receiving God’s love to give it away Proper 7C | Luke 8:26-39 When you walk into this room, I always wonder what you’re thinking […]

In the Trinity

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In the Trinity

The doctrine of the Trinity is a paradox. We totally hate paradoxes. The real question is why we expect someone else to understand it better than we do. Why we struggle to explain this weird doctrine Trinity Sunday C | John 16:12-15 Photo by Juan Pablo Arenas from Pexels We were at work, setting up the Barnes & Noble […]

Wrapped up in love

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Wrapped up in love

The Holy Spirit isn’t a fixer – like we’re gangsters who need someone to clean up our mess. She’s our advocate, compelling us to be in this together. The radical advocacy of the Holy Spirit  Pentecost | John 14:8-17 (25-27) Photo by Errin Casano from Pexels This week, when I read through our readings for Pentecost, a thought occurred […]

Desiring Glory

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Desiring Glory

No matter how many times God tells us love isn’t earned, we don’t truly believe it. We desire a kind of glory which will never give us love. When we desire a different glory, we find a different God. Easter 7C | John 17:20-26 Photo by ws didin from Pexels We return again to glory. The author of the […]