Give The Devil His Due

Pentecost 19A  Matthew 22:15-22 Several years ago, when I was still in seminary, I was serving as an on call chaplain at the hospital in Columbia, SC and at around 11pm I received a page to go to the psychiatric ward. The interesting thing about most of my experiences with people on that floor was…

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Today, I made history. Kinda by accident. Funny thing about making history: it never happens when you’re in your best dress. I guess it does for some people. The big people making big history every day. They know it’s coming. The rest of us don’t really. History sneaks up on you and there you are…

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Welcome to the Wilderness

Creation Cycle 3 Matthew 3:13-4:2 Welcome to the Jungle. That’s the title of an old Guns n Roses song from the 80’s and even if you’ve never been a fan of 80’s hard rock, you have most likely heard it at some point because not only have I even heard it on our local AM…

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Earth’s Crammed With Heaven

Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush, afire with God–Elizabeth Barret Browning Season of Creation Year A 1st Sunday  Genesis 2:4b-10, 16-22  Colossians 1:15-20  John 3:1-17 (more information on the Season of Creation coming soon) For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son… in order that the world might be…

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Kiev Monks

Change in the Air

Pentecost 12A Jeremiah 15:15-21, Romans 12:9-21, Matthew 16:21-29 Before we get started looking at today’s scriptures, I have a confession to make: I do not like a single one of the texts for this week. Not one. In the first one, from the Old Testament, Jeremiah is whining on and on, as he does pretty…

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Mother of God

Each year on the Sunday closest to August 15th I get to preach a sermon about Mary, the mother of Jesus. Now, that may seem just fine to some and strange to others. Most Lutherans have never concerned themselves very much with Mary, just like most of Protestant Christianity. I will admit that for most…

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Pentecost 5A July 13 2014 Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 This week marked the announcement of the nominations for The Emmy awards. Putting aside the bizarre practice of giving out awards for entertainment, I always find the Emmys and the Oscars very interesting because they are ultimately about stories. Some of the stories at the top are…

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