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February 3, 2019

A while back I read that the #1 song the week I was born, was “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles. That was the “Summer of Love,” so it’s no surprise that its theme song was such a kitschy, feel-good tune. (Dah! Da dadadaaaa) We live in a culture that is “love” obsessed,…

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January 13, 2019 Baptism of Our Lord

On Tuesday, as I sat in my office at Trinity digging into the readings for today, I received a telephone call. A man looking for help. He and his wife needed someplace to stay for a few nights, while they waited for the application for housing assistance to be processed. Most of the time I…

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Christmas Eve, 2018

A few weeks ago, I followed with some interest a thread of a conversation about the baby Jesus. It was not a discussion about the theology of the Incarnation, no. It was a whole series of stories about how the baby Jesus from people’s nativity scenes went missing, and what they used to replace him….

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December 23, 2018 Advent 4

Every Christmas eve we sing “O little town of Bethlehem” and hear the story of how Jesus was born there. It gives us a false sense of its importance in its own context, I think. Bethlehem was a backwater, nothing town. Yes, King David was from there, but that was where he started—not where he…

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December 16, 2018 Advent 3

A few weeks ago my clergy colleagues and I were cracking each other up, sharing a meme on Facebook, based on today’s Gospel reading. The context of it was the whole “Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays” thing, a faux controversy that riles people up for no discernible reason. In the past, we clergy have often…

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December 9, 2018 Advent 2

At the Wednesday Eucharist this week, in our discussion of the weekly readings, we ended up in a deep and important discussion about the word “peace.” I had planned to focus on this image of the ‘refiner’s fire” in my sermon, sharing with you something I learned this week about how there is a tradition…

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December 2, 2018 Advent 1

Happy New Year! No, I did not skip a page in my calendar and think it’s now January. In the church, our new year begins on the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is a peculiar way to begin a year, don’t you think? It doesn’t start with The Big Event: we don’t start our new…

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November 11, 2018

lt-props:yes; font-size:10.0pt; mso-ansi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font- One hundred years ago today, World War One, “The Great War,” “The War to End All Wars,” ended. At 11:00 (at Trinity) Walter Leino will ring Trinity’s bell, as part of a great state-wide chorus, to mark this auspicious anniversary. 100 years since the Armistice, the end of hostilities, the hope…

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November 4, 2018 All Saints Sunday

I read this week that the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh where the synagogue shooting occurred is the same community in which Fred Rogers lived and worshiped. So it is, literally, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. I don’t know if he rubbed off on them while he was alive, but the stories I’ve heard about how people…

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October 14, 2018

A man runs up, throws himself at Jesus’ feet and asks what he must do to inherit eternal life. Notice in Mark he is not introduced as a rich man—that’s from one of the other Gospel’s renditions of this story. Nor are we told he’s young. He hasn’t been sent by the Pharisees to try…

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