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December 17, 2017 Advent 3

Any of you who were here last week may be experiencing a sense of déjà vu. Thinking, “Didn’t we hear about John the Baptist and making a way in the desert last week?” You’re not wrong. We did hear a very similar reading last week, from the Gospel of Mark. What you heard this morning…

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December 3, 2017 Advent I

Earlier this week I was bemoaning the tone of this morning’s readings, and someone responded, “Keep awake!” I would never have expected this particular person to come up with that quite so quickly, and offered to let him preach in my place. (He declined.) But this notion of “keeping awake” is not quite so simple…

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November 26, 2017 Christ the King Sunday

Today, the last Sunday of the church year, is traditionally called “Christ the King” Sunday. It’s the day when we remind ourselves that part of what we believe as Christians is that there will be a day when we experience the kingdom of God, the reign of God, fully realized. There will be no more…

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All Saints Sunday

This week, when someone said to me, “I love All Saints Day!” I had the presence of mind to not simply say, “Yes, me too!” but to ask, “Why? Why do you love All Saints Day?” I expected her to say that it was a day to remember the people she loves who have joined…

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Reformation Sunday 2017

So it’s here—the500th anniversary of the so-called ‘start’ of the Reformation. 500 years ago (on Tuesday) Martin Luther pounded his 95 Theses into the door at the church in Wittenberg—that same church I visited this spring on my trip to Germany—launching a series of events that ultimately led to the church in Germany (and eventually…

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October 22, 2017

Whenever I am with a group of Americans studying today’s Gospel passage, we always—ALWAYS—come around to the question of “the separation of church and state.” And it always makes me laugh, because the concept would have been so completely incomprehensible to the people gathered around Jesus. From the earliest days of kings in Israel, religion…

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October 15, 2017

I love this morning’s parable of the Wedding Feast—the way Luke tells it. Matthew’s version, not so much! Matthew’s version challenges so much of what I believe about God’s graciousness, God’s invitation to be part of God’s community. It pushes against the parts of me that make serving a Lutheran church so comfortable—my conviction that…

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October 1, 2017

Imagine if, while we were sitting here on Christmas Eve, someone came in the front door, walked up the aisle shouting at us, tearing poinsettias out of their pots, flinging them around, throwing me out of the pulpit and telling all of you that you were doomed to hell. How do you think you’d react?…

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September 24, 2017

Years ago I read a novel called The Rector of Justin, by Louis Auchincloss. I remember absolutely nothing about the plot of the book or its characters. But somewhere in it is a discussion about what it actually means to be Christian, a disciple and follower of Christ, and I was so challenged by the…

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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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