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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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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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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The Grit of Hope

Times are dark in this world for many. I see posts of despair on Facebook and have conversations face to face hearing words from hearts longing for the hope they feel has abandoned them like a beloved companion who absconded in the night. Nostalgia that paraded as something meaningful has disappointed yet again. Violence tears…

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