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Boundaries Destroyed by Divine Love

We are continually surrounded by the news and the media of our world and our country in violent unrest. I am not a political person, especially as a pastor and a preacher. However, my heart breaks at the violence that we are bearing witness. My heart breaks with the polarization of our world and our… Continue reading Boundaries Destroyed by Divine Love

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Good Friday: A Few of Jesus’ Words on the Cross

Our congregation participated in a joint Good Friday service. We, the clergy, shared the responsibility of brief meditations on the last 7 "words" of Jesus. I was responsible for the 1st, 4th, and final "word" The First Word: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do" - Luke 23: 34a  As I pondered… Continue reading Good Friday: A Few of Jesus’ Words on the Cross

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The Invitation: Pondering Mark’s Resurrection Account

Our narrative (Mark 16: 1 - 8) this morning is built upon and continues from that of last Sunday. On Palm/Passion Sunday, we recalled the final week of Jesus' life from his triumphant entry into Jerusalem to his arrest, passion, crucifixion, death, and him placed within the tomb. Yet, this morning we joyfully proclaim another mystery… Continue reading The Invitation: Pondering Mark’s Resurrection Account

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Passion Sunday: Why did Jesus “Have” to Die?

This morning mirrors the over-whelming emotional & liturgical roller-coaster awaiting us, which cannot be fully embraced or experienced in one worship service. This morning we experience the best of humanity, processing in worship with palm branches remembering the triumphant shouts of joy welcoming our Messiah-King into the holy city of Jerusalem. Yet, we also experience the worst of humanity bearing witness… Continue reading Passion Sunday: Why did Jesus “Have” to Die?

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Lent: A Pious Christian Display?

(This is what I plan to preach tonight, 18 Feb. 2015; but I don't use a manuscript.) I have spent the last week or so, setting up and organizing my scrapbook or craft room. The concept is that the room itself would be decorated with mementos from High School, College, my travels, and general adventures… Continue reading Lent: A Pious Christian Display?

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“Foolishly” Throwing the Seeds: the Parable of the Sower

Text: Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23 We are shifting our focus to Jesus' teaching moments. He seemed to enjoy teaching in parables. As I pondered on the gospel this week, I realized that I have never preached on a parable. Also, I am always learning new things about myself, for example I am not a fan of preaching on the parables. Let… Continue reading “Foolishly” Throwing the Seeds: the Parable of the Sower

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The Shared Burden of Discipleship

Text: Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-30 A final recap of this discipleship "mini-series": Discipleship is our participation in the Triune God's dance. Discipleship has the unpleasant reality of risks, including opposition, isolation, and conflict. Discipleship demands that we feed, tend, and love the entire creation, including all people. This picture of discipleship is not glamorous and… Continue reading The Shared Burden of Discipleship