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At This Moment

James 5:7-11   7Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. 8You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. 9Beloved, do not grumble…

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Beneath The Cheer

Advent 1A   Mark 13:24-37  Isaiah 64:1-9 On Monday of last week, we had a campus ministry thanksgiving dinner in the fellowship hall and all of the students brought food for a covered dish dinner. Someone told me that’s what you call a Friendsgiving—thanksgiving with friends. I like that because, since you replace “thanks” with “friends”…

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King of the Universe

Christ the King Sunday Year A   Matthew 25:31-46 Baruch ata adoni elohenu, melek ha olam. Blessed are you o Lord our God, King of the Universe. Let us rejoice this day, for today is Christ the King Sunday. It is the day when we celebrate and commemorate the one true king, the king of the…

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We End Where We Begin

Each year on the Sunday before Christ the King, I preach a sermon that incorporates the changing seasons and the changing church seasons. It is based on a poem (probably too long) I wrote some years ago and continue to refine. In its fullest form, it can be found here. In late November every year, I…

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Those Silly Bridesmaids

A note on this sermon: I owe a debt of gratitude to this sermon here by David R Henson because I shamelessly used portions of it in the beginning of my sermon to put into words my struggle with this text. His is probably far superior to mine anyway and it is worth more of…

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Poor Spirits

All Saints Matthew 5:1-12 Ever wish you could have heard Jesus preach in person? That would have been an amazing thing to hear, wouldn’t it? Wonder what he would have sounded like. Would he have spoken loudly, passionately, softly; would you have to strain to hear him or would he have shouted so people could…

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Reformation Sunday

Reformation Sunday Romans 3:19-28  John 8:31-36 Reformation Sunday is a time when we re-learn the story of Martin Luther and his struggle to reform the church, an undertaking that lead to Protestantism and….well…us. We hear again the stories of those who sought to refocus the church and return the center to Jesus and the gracious…

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