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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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June 4, 2017 PENTECOST

The story of Pentecost is one of my most favorite. I suppose part of it is that it has to do with languages—my first love, academically, was languages. I am fascinated with words and whenever I am in a position of wrestling with the meaning of things, I will always return to the words used,…

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May 28, 2017 Ascension

  “Why are you standing there, looking up toward heaven?” The book of Acts is a continuation of the Gospel of Luke, and it is written by an author who likes to ask TOUGH questions. We didn’t hear the Easter reading from the Gospel of Luke this year, but in it, the women at the…

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May 21, 2017

Do you ever have one of those weeks when it seems like a particular word or idea is following you around, popping up in completely unrelated places? (Maybe this is just a phenomenon known to preachers…) This week, there was one word that appeared in at least five different contexts for me. I have learned…

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May 7, 2017 Good Shepherd Sunday

The fourth Sunday of Easter is always Good Shepherd Sunday. We have a reading in which Jesus is portrayed as a faithful shepherd, we read the 23rd psalm. It is the Sunday when the Gospel reading finally moves past the stories of that day of Resurrection, and it is a kind of turning point in…

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