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Sermons

June 3, 2018

What comes to mind when I say the word Sabbath? The 3rd (TLC)/ 4th (CC) commandment? A time of rest? An outdated idea? An extremely boring Sunday afternoon? I don’t usually ask you all a question without answering it myself. As I contemplated the question, I wondered when I first heard the word. I chuckled…

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Trinity Sunday, 2018

I may have already shared this story from my seminary days, but it’s worth repeating. One morning, in the discussion section for my Introduction to Theology class, we were discussing the Trinity and various ways of talking about it through the centuries. Our teaching assistant was a relatively quiet Lutheran doctoral student. We were really…

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May 20, 2018 Pentecost!

I was first diagnosed with asthma in the second or third grade, as I recall. That feeling of not being able to get air into my lungs is still disturbing even today on those rare occasions when I have a full-blown episode, but as a child it was terrifying, and the fear only made the…

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May 13, 2018

The specter of Judas haunts today’s readings. In Acts, the disciples take measures to fill the vacancy left by Judas’ betrayal and suicide. In the Gospel, Jesus remembers Judas even as he prays for the disciples he is about to leave behind.  I never give Judas much thought, outside of Holy Week, until someone asks…

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April 29, 2018

In the Gospel of John, Jesus makes several “I AM” statements, metaphors to describe his relationship to both God and God’s people. “I am the bread of life…I am the light of the world…I am the way, the truth, and the life…” Last week we heard Jesus say, “I am the Good Shepherd.” There is…

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April 15, 2018

I had been planning something else for my sermon today, but then Friday I woke up from a dream that kept intruding on all my attempts at sermon-writing all morning. Finally I realized that perhaps that was the point—that the dream had been given to me as a gift to share with you all. Before…

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April 1, 2018–Easter

You are not going to believe what I heard on the radio as I was driving here this morning. Archaeologists have found Jesus’ bones in a recently unearthed tomb in Jerusalem!!!!   April Fools!   At clergy retreat in February, one of my colleagues asked the bishop what recommendations he had for preaching this year,…

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March 18, 2018 Lent 5

In college I was part of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship group. I have since outgrown much of their conservatism, as have most of the friends I made there (it makes me laugh that most of them have ended up in the Episcopal Church!) but the one thing that stays with me is the music. I…

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March 11, 2018 Lent 4

March 11, 2018                                                                       Lent 4   Have you ever stopped to think about what it means that “Jesus died for your sins”? That’s really at the heart of a theological conversation about what ‘atonement’ means. How did Jesus’ death on the cross reconcile us with God? It seems to me like killing God’s son in…

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February 25, 2018

I read this week that in 6 AD (or CE, as scholars say), 2000 people in Galilee were crucified as punishment for an uprising. That’s the entire population of Hebron. Or Waterford and Greenwood combined. But I suspect the Romans would not have chosen to annihilate one Galilean town and left all the others untouched….

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