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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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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Do Not Be Overcome By Fear

Pentecost 25C  Luke 21:5-19 Whenever a big event nationally or locally occurs during the week, it often makes me rethink whatever I have written for my sermon. This has been one of those kinds of weeks. Fires in the forest, apocalyptic amounts of smoke that turn the sunset orange and the moon red, and you…

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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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Sliver of Ice

Pentecost 11C Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14, 2:18-23 Colossians 3:1-11, Luke 12:13-21 Have you ever said to yourself: when I win the lottery I’m going to do such and such. Or maybe: if I inherited a million dollars from some long lost rich uncle, I’d do this or that. This is a common daydream many of us…

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