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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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February 18, 2018 Lent 1

Several years ago I had a parishioner, Harry, who was going through a horrible time in his life. His marriage had fallen apart, and as a result he had to sell the house they shared, a house he had poured his energy and sweat into. The funding for the small, post-retirement job he had dried…

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February 11, 2018 Transfiguration

Did you know that nearsightedness is a dominant gene? That means that as the human race continues, fewer and fewer people will go throughout life without needing some sort of corrective lenses, and one day, every human being will need help seeing. I dream of LASIK surgery to correct my own vision, as I have…

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February 4, 2018

Many years ago, when I was still in seminary, I volunteered briefly with Common Cathedral. This is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts which has communion outdoors on Boston Common every week, and then offers sandwiches to anyone who wants them, “housed or unhoused,” to use the language of their website. I ended…

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January 28, 2018

Do you know the term “herd immunity”? It pops up about this time every year as we move into the height of flu transmission. It’s the concept that if a significant proportion of a population is vaccinated against something, they will substantially reduce the possibility for the virus to spread. It also provides protection for…

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January 21, 2018 Epiphany 3

The lectionary for these weeks between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday bombard us with stories of people being called—called to follow Christ, called to serve God. I have to confess that I most appreciate the ones in which the one called is slow to respond—probably because I ran from my own call to priesthood for so…

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