Set Us Free

Reformation Sunday October 29 2017  John 8:31-36 Happy Reformation Sunday! Today is a day when we hear the stories of Martin Luther and his struggle to reform the church in his day. It was an undertaking that lead to Protestantism and….well…to us. We hear again the stories of those who sought to refocus the church…

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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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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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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 You pour the cereal for breakfast and the milk is out of date.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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The Kingdom of Heaven is Coming

Epiphany 4A  Matthew 5:1-12 Last week in our gospel story we were at the seaside. We heard the story of Jesus calling to Peter, Andrew, James and John to be his followers. He just showed up at their place of business one day and said: Come follow me and I will make you fish for…

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