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September 17, 2017

The movie Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close has been in my Netflix queue for quite a while, so I decided Monday, the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, was a good day to watch it. It is a fictional account of how a boy deals with the death of his father, who was in the…

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September 3, 2017

I read an article the other day, in which the author noted that the usual “This flood is God’s punishment for…” (fill in the blank) explanation is unusually muted in the aftermath of Harvey’s destruction. Apparently, the areas being flooded this time are the heartland of that particular brand of theology, and they aren’t quite…

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September 10, 2017

The overarching theme of today’s readings is CONFLICT. Conflict between the Egyptians and the Israelites, conflict within the church in Rome, conflict among the followers of Jesus. I want to start with Egypt, because it is a warning. This is what happens when conflict isn’t dealt with early. This is what happens when factions form…

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August 27, 2017

As some of you know, I am fascinated with the meanings of names. We have lost that sense of our names being something more than just a way to refer to that person over there. There are still places in this world where a name is chosen for a child in hopes of claiming some…

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16 July 2017

As I said last week, we have been working our way through Paul’s master work, the letter to the Romans, his final letter, in which his theology of sin and grace is most clearly articulated. Last week we were left hanging at the end of chapter seven (although Paul did not separate it into chapters,…

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July 9, 2017

In my final semester of seminary, I took a seminar on the Letter of Paul to Romans. I had tried to take a similar class years before, when I was first dipping my toe in by taking classes at Bangor Seminary, but it was too much for me then. It’s not an easy book. And…

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July 2, 2017

Over the past few weeks we have been moving through the Abraham stories of Genesis. We have remembered the story of the three visitors who proclaimed that God’s promise to Abraham would be fulfilled—that promise made many years before, that Abraham would have as many descendants as there are stars in the sky. We heard…

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June 25, 2017

I don’t know about the rest of you, but this week’s Gospel makes me really uncomfortable. This is not the “gentle Jesus, meek and mild” of the old hymn. This is not what we think of when we think of the Prince of Peace. All this talk of swords and family division and being denied…

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June 18, 2017

Last week after church, Doug Wall and I were talking about the beautiful 15th century icon of the Trinity by Andrei Rublev, which places the Trinity in the context of the story from Genesis that you heard this morning, the visit of the three “men” to Abraham near the Oaks of Mamre. Rublev sees Abraham’s…

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June 11, 2017 Trinity Sunday

In the late spring of my sixth grade year, on a June morning much like this one, half of our class was taken up to the middle school for a tour of the space where we would be students the following year. The rest of us, for one reason or another, were already familiar with…

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