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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 […]

tearing down temples

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tearing down temples

In Mark’s Little Apocalypse, Jesus invites us to see what we’d rather avoid: not only the finitude of existence but the challenge of a life of trusting God. How our temples deny our trust Proper 28B  |  Mark 13:1-8 I don’t envy the disciples. Here they are, marveling the enormity of the Temple, looking at the […]

Devouring Their Houses

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Devouring Their Houses

Jesus doesn’t simply criticize the priests for their hubris, he exposes the whole system for its corruption, exploitation, and rejection of the poor. of poverty and hubris in the Temple Proper 27B  |  Mark 12:38-44 Less than a week after starting at my first congregation out of seminary, I went to my first clericus—a meeting of […]

Love Rising

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Love Rising

In Mark 10:46-52, Jesus is interrupted on his journey to Jerusalem. But this final moment embodies the discipleship journey itself. In Bartimaeus, we have the true disciple and a vision of hope Proper 25B | Mark 10:46-52 If we just cracked open our Bibles to this passage in Mark, I think we’d be excused if […]