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Reformation Sunday, October 30, 2016

Today is Reformation Sunday, the day when we celebrate that 499 years ago, Martin Luther pounded his 95 Theses into the door at the church in Wittenberg, launching a series of events that ultimately led to the church in Germany (and eventually several other countries, including England) breaking with the church in Rome. Except he…

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October 16, 2016

Have you ever thought about how much of Jesus’ teaching was done through the use of parables? Rather than put forward a complicated philosophical treatise, he would tell a story to make his point. Stories which were usually multi-layered, and kept you thinking about them and discovering something new in them every time you went…

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October 9, 2016

I often wish we celebrated Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October, at the same time as our Canadian cousins to the north. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and if we celebrated it now, instead of late November, it might allow us to stay true to the spirit of the day. We might remain focused…

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October 2, 2016

I so rarely preach on the psalm that in my preparation for Sunday, I tend to overlook it. So I hadn’t really noticed which one we were saying until I sat down to really dig into the readings on Tuesday. I was so concerned by what I saw before me that I called over here…

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September 25, 2016

One of the little quirks about being a clergyperson is that people are eager to share jokes with you, but they are also cautious about which ones they share. People think they need to be ‘clean’ (even though some of the naughtiest jokes I’ve ever heard were told by clergy!), and people seem to think…

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September 18, 2016

20-something years ago, a group of Biblical scholars gathered at what they called the Jesus Seminar. They sought to determine the “authentic” sayings of Jesus in the Gospels and those that were passed through some sort of “filter”—be it a person, or a community or simply the effects of time and distance. The scholars used…

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September 11, 2016

Propers 19C I will confess that I am getting a little tired of Jeremiah showing up in the lectionary—and unfortunately we have at least another month of him! Today’s reading is just about the bleakest of the selections, I think. It is early in his ministry, he’s still learning how to be a prophet and…

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September 4, 2106

I am fairly certain that every sweater I have knit for myself had a period of “revision.” Sometimes it’s something simple, like shortening the sleeves. I have one sweater that I knit, unraveled, knit again, unraveled again, and knit AGAIN before I finally got what I wanted. I have cut sleeves off and carefully picked…

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August 28, 2016

Last week I began putting together the plans for a fundraiser to honor my niece Caitlin’s 30th birthday. You’ll see a blurb about it in the newsletter that comes out this week. She was born with a heart defect, one of the valves was closed, preventing proper circulation of her blood. She was quickly transferred…

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July 31, 2016

Here it comes again—someone asking Jesus to take sides. Against a sibling. We saw this a couple of weeks ago when we heard the story of Mary and Martha. Martha feeling resentment because she was doing all the work and it seemed like Mary was getting all the reward. Now in today’s Gospel we hear…

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