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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Because I Am Generous

Pentecost 16A    Jonah 3:10-4:11,  Matthew 20:1-16 I love the book of Jonah. It is a remarkable story and there is something about Jonah that always feels very familiar. His frustration, his desire to run away from God and God’s call, and his disappointment in God doing exactly what he always knew God would do…

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Step Through the Gate

Luke 16:19-31    Pentecost 19C Every day, one man eats a great feast, another man suffers in hunger. Day after day, one man walks in luxury and great wealth eating, not just what he wants, but sumptuous feasts. One man lies at the gate covered in sores that are tended and cared for by no…

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Lost Things

Pentecost 18 C  Luke 16:1-13 Today is the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks in New York city an Washington DC. The fall of the twin towers in New York, the destruction of part of the Pentagon in Washington, and the one plane diverted from its goal and crashed in rural Pennsylvania, all of…

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Consuming Fire

This upcoming week I get to do something that I’ve been invited to do several times over the past few years. I get to be a guest speaker for a class at WCU called Women and Religion. I have been invited to speak this year, and previous years, for obvious reasons and I get to…

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Keep the Faith

Pentecost 13C      Hebrews 11:29-12:2   Luke 12:49-56 Each week I have the great joy of declaring the Gospel of the Lord. The Holy Gospel According to whichever of the four, the reading is done, then This is the Gospel of the Lord, and we all say Thanks Be to God. It is a…

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She Is The Pastor

In the coming weeks I will be participating in a community that is reading together this book: She: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry   by Karoline M Lewis. It can be found here and in other places, too, but I love my local bookstore so you should buy from them. Anyhow, I’ve…

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