Blame and Responsibility

Pentecost 3C   Genesis 3:8-15,  Mark 3:20-35 Who is to blame? That’s the question I think we ask ourselves and each other, especially others who think and believe like us, every single day. Who is to blame for how my life, our lives, the world, and fill in the blank are not as they should be?…

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The House That Love Built

Easter 6B John 15:9-17 Love makes your soul crawl out of its hiding place—Zora Neal Hurston I have now preached on the gospel text for today three times prior to this moment. It is a fine example of never really coming to the end of a piece of scripture. There truly is so much to…

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Fear

Easter 2B    John 20:19-31 “…the doors of the house where [they] met were locked for fear…” This is the opening scene of our Gospel text for today and a description of Jesus’ disciples on that first Easter evening. They were afraid; so afraid, in fact, that they were hidden behind locked doors. It is…

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Good Shepherd

Easter 4B    Psalm 23,  John 10:11-18 Our Psalm for today is one of the most familiar pieces of scripture in the whole bible. How many of us memorized this as a child? In my memory it is in the King James version, not necessarily because that was the version I had to memorize but…

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Set Us Free

Reformation Sunday October 29 2017  John 8:31-36 Happy Reformation Sunday! Today is a day when we hear the stories of Martin Luther and his struggle to reform the church in his day. It was an undertaking that lead to Protestantism and….well…to us. We hear again the stories of those who sought to refocus the church…

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The Devil’s Payment

October 22th 2017 Pentecost 20A Several years ago I was serving as the over-night on-call chaplain at the hospital in Columbia, SC and at around 11pm I received a page to go to the psychiatric ward. The gentleman who had me paged was a very interesting man. He was worried that night, mostly about something…

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