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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In The Boat

Pentecost 10A     1 Kings 19:9-18  Matthew 14:22-23 Have you ever had one of those days when it seems like everyone is working against you and everything is going wrong? You pour the cereal for breakfast and the milk is out of date. The shopping cart at the grocery store has some wheels going…

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Second Chance

Lenten Wednesday Service I’ve always been fascinated by commonly repeated Christian platitudes. You know, things people say like, ‘God only gives you what you can handle’ or ‘she’s in a better place now’ or ‘God helps those who help themselves’. Now, make no mistake here, I understand why people say these kinds of things to…

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Welcome Christmas, Come This Way!

For several years I have read the much loved Dr Seuss story about the Christmas hating Grinch as the Christmas Eve sermon. While this is an unconventional sermon theme, this story has always been a clear and easy to understand version of our human comprehension of Christmas and the Divine purpose of the Incarnation; what…

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