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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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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Holy Mystery Friday

Good Friday is about tears. I’m not sure about the word Good. I never have been. But maybe that’s because I’m not sure about Love either. Not when it is hammered to a tree. Not when it bleeds, skin pricked and split. Messy and unexpected. Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect, he said.…

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Paul’s Workout

Pentecost 17A  Philippians 2:1-13 At the end of this month, we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation! So I guess it is ironic that we are beginning this month with one of the least Lutheran sounding texts you can imagine. The end of the text from Philippians we heard today, at least on…

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Standing In The Shadow

Pentecost 11A   Matthew 15:10-28 Around this time tomorrow, people in this area and in a wide strip across our nation will be gathering together to look up. We will have a chance to see a wonderful and probably once in a lifetime sight: a true total eclipse of the sun. The moon, following its…

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