Loser

Here we begin our Lenten journey, the 40 days of preparation for Easter. It is the beginning of our journey to the cross. Seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the coming of the wise men to see the new born king. Lent comes early this year and we are barely beyond the start of…

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God Impositions Us

This is an older Ash Wednesday homily re-posted by request. Blessed Lent to you all. Earlier this week, as the church secretary was preparing to send out information on our Lenten activities, she came to my office and said, “What’s the word for what you do with the ashes?” It made me pause a moment.…

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Love You, Neighbor!

Lent Wednesday Sermon March 11 2015 Luke 10:25-37 25Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your…

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Let Us Love

Lent Wednesday Evening Service 3/4/2015 Matthew 22:34-40 34When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37He said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all…

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Be Raised

Lent 2B Mark 8:31-38 A friend of mine wrote on his Facebook status: Christians are called to: Go, Suffer, Die, and Be Raised. The problem in this is that the only thing we want to participate in is the being raised part. He’s probably right. And why wouldn’t that be right? Who wants to go…

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Remember

Lent 1B Genesis 9:8-17 Our reading today from the Old Testament is the closing scene of one of the most widely recognized stories from the bible. The flood, the big boat, the animals two by two, the kindly looking old man with the long white beard are all familiar set pieces in this story. And…

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Broken Hearted

Maundy Thursday One of the most profound things I’ve ever heard spoken about scripture is this: God did not give us the bible we wanted; he gave us the bible we needed. So, too, is this true of Jesus. God did not give us the savior, the messiah, that the Jews expected or wanted or…

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