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Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 1, 2015

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Deuteronomy 18:15-20 | Psalm 111 | 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 | Mark 1:21-28 We began the liturgy this morning by praying, “in our time grant us your peace.” Even though the collect was written hundreds of years ago, it is very fitting and timely. Whether because of interior disquiet, ideological tensions, international threats, or worry about ecological implosion, we crave the peace […]

Sermon for the First Sunday of Advent

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In today’s gospel Jesus ironically juxtaposes the calamities of the end times with the lesson of the fig tree that sends forth new leaves in the spring. We’re told that the seemingly dead branches of violence and desolation portend God’s coming. We don’t know when the end will take place, but we do know that, […]

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, July 6, 2014

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The Declaration of Independence still inspires us, because it articulates the vision for these United States of America. Likewise, the Constitution entrenches our core values and life goals. In these two documents we inherit the dream of the founding generation. Each subsequent generation has advanced that same dream along different fronts. Fifty years ago a […]

Sermon for the Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 29, 2014

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Soon after my family had moved to Manhattan from Dallas, John and I had the opportunity to take part in a trip to Israel. It was designed for Christian leaders to experience first-hand the many faces of the country, facets/aspects, both historical and modern. There were twelve in the group, 9 men and 3 women. […]

Sermon for the Second Sunday after Pentecost, June 22, 2014

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Genesis 21:8-21 Today we hear the story of Ishmael and Isaac, the two half-brothers. When I lived in a society in which some men married multiple wives, siblings introduced each other this way: “Same father, same mother,” or “Same father, different mother.” Isaac and Ishmael were “same father, different mother.” The mothers’ animosity and jealousy […]

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday of Easter: May 25, 2014

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Acts 17:22-3,  Psalm 66:7-18, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21 Earlier this week a clergy friend commented on how difficult it is to understand John’s Gospel. We hear that difficulty today, as Jesus prepares his disciples for his departure by telling them, “In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will […]

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, April 6, 2014

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The Awesome-Factor The crowd held its collective breath. No one moved. All eyes were fixed on Jesus, who stood before the tomb of Lazarus, four days dead. With tears in his eyes, Jesus looked up to heaven to pray. He was surrounded by judgment and condemnation. Martha and Mary had complained that he did not […]

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 30, 2014

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The heart of the man in today’s Gospel (John 9:1-41) was clouded by the shame of being born blind. Jesus cleansed his heart of that anxious shame by opening his eyes. Oh what joy! In this gracious healing, the regular prayer of this man’s synagogue community, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and […]

Loving in the Power of the Spirit

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The parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) not only demonstrates what it means to love one’s neighbor, it also demonstrates God’s love. For Jesus placed himself in the position of the the beaten traveler, as well as in the position of the Samaritan. Last week I spoke about the pattern of sainthood: gathering, being […]