“A Sacramental Faith”

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Matthew 3:13-17 In the calendar of the church year, this is called Baptism of Christ Sunday. Therefore, baptism tends to get talked about on this Sunday. From the earliest days of the Christian church, baptism has been a big deal. After all, Jesus, himself, was baptized. The picture of the … Read More

“Joy Happens”

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~ Isaiah 35:1-10/Matthew 11:2-11 ~ This is the Advent Sunday of Joy. Amongst these Advent candles, today’s candle is pink, I think to make it stand out – a special candle for a special Advent Sunday. Joy is not something that we can seek. It happens. Joy happens in anticipation … Read More

“Do You See What I See?”

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~ Matthew 3:1-12; Isaiah 11:1-11; Psalm 72 ~ “Can you see it?” said the night wind to the little lamb. “Do you see what I see, way up in the sky? If you look closely you can see it—a star, dancing in the night with a tail as big as … Read More

“It’s the End of the World As We Know It”

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~ Isaiah 65:17-25/Luke 21:5-11 ~ Late Tuesday night, after I had finally given up, I went to bed. Of course, I couldn’t sleep, tossing and turning most of the night. Sudden waves of panic would sweep through my body and I would again be wide awake. Throughout the night a … Read More

Resurrection Chaos

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~ Luke 20:27-38/ Job 19:23-27 ~ The end is in sight! Finally, the last of my “Religion and Politics” sermon series. Oh, you thought I was talking about the election? OK, that too. It has felt interminable, hasn’t it? On this last Sunday before the election a few more words … Read More

Work with Me on This!

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~ Isaiah 1:1, 10-18/Luke 19:1-10 ~ The story of Zacchaeus and Jesus makes for a nice Sunday School song. It is much more. The story of Zacchaeus and Jesus is often seen as an individual salvation story: Zacchaeus encounters Jesus and he is saved. It is much more. Beneath the … Read More