For Fear

Easter 2B    John 20:19-31 “…the doors of the house where [they] met were locked for fear…” This is a description of Jesus’ disciples on that first Easter evening. They were afraid. So afraid! So much so that they were hidden, doors locked. It is a feeling we might find very familiar these days. At…

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Transformed

Transfiguration Sunday     Exodus 24:12-17    Matthew 17:1-9 If someone told you they had a mountaintop experience, what would you think they meant? Most of the time, people mean they had an experience that changed them. They went someplace or to an event or perhaps just experienced something in a new way that they never…

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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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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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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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