“Word of Welcome”

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~ Matthew 10:40-42 ~ When you are bone-dry thirsty there is nothing like a cup of cold water.  And so, it is not surprising that Scripture is replete with images of a drink of water satisfying spiritual longing.  As the Psalmist says, “I thirst for you, O God, in a … Read More

“Making Disciples”

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~ Matthew 28:16-20 ~ This is Trinity Sunday. This is the Sunday that if I had an associate pastor or youth minister or seminary intern I’d assign them to preach and watch them squirm as they try to explain the Trinity. But we don’t have any of those so it’s … Read More

“What Are You Looking At?”

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Luke 24:44-53/Acts 1:1-11 Today is Ascension Sunday. Our texts for today set that up for us. Jesus ascends into heaven while his disciples look up in astonishment. However, this isn’t really the day. That was this past Thursday. Ascension Day is always on a Thursday. That’s because, as our reading … Read More

“The Reclamation Project”

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~ John 14:1-14 ~ I call it one of the “clobber” verses. These are verses that those who adhere to a narrow, exclusive view of Christianity pull out to hit you over the head with if you dare question their perspective. These are verses that are so obviously true, they … Read More

“The Kind Shepherd”

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John 10:1-10/Psalm 23 Of all the Jesus’ metaphors in the Bible one of the most enduring and endearing is “The Good Shepherd.” Despite the fact that probably no one here has ever actually herded sheep, we have a deep-seated emotional connection to the idea of a God who takes care … Read More

“Heart Burn”

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~ Luke 24:19-35 ~ When we meet the disciples on the road to Emmaus, it is evening, and the luminous glow of the day has begun to fade. Resurrection, at this point, is nothing more than a rumor, a curiosity, an idle tale. And yet when the disciples meet a … Read More