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“Imitation Love” Ephesians 4:24 – 5:2 August 9, 2015               This scripture was fresh in my mind as I sat down to watch the Republican debate Thursday night. I found myself thinking, here is a case study of what the author of Ephesians wanted the early community of followers of Jesus Christ avoid.  Many of the candidates profess Christian faith,Read More →

A Power You Can’t Cut Off I’ve never preached from this passage before – I’ve always been conveniently out of town. It is in much more detail than Mark tends to use; perhaps he wants what’s happening to be put in the context of a prophet like Elijah, threatened with death by King Ahab and Queen Jezebel; perhaps he wantsRead More →

Leave Home Without It Mark 6:1−13   I’m showing my age here, but some of you others may remember the 1980s ads, where a couple is on a crowded boardwalk or motorcycling through an Italian village, the camera zooms in, and Karl Malden’s voice tells you they are about to be pickpocketed or someone will drive off with their motorcycle.Read More →

Falling Down Faith Mark 5:21−41   This week’s gospel reading is perfect for people who don’t have it all together. And according to our theology, that’s all of us. None of us have it all together. Most of us don’t like to admit it. No one I know wants the world to expose their weakness. No, the message we hearRead More →

“Looking for Stones” 1 Samuel 17, selections 4And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 5He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armoured with a coat of mail; the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze.Read More →

All We Do Not See 2 Corinthians 5:6-17   2 Corinthians 5:6-17 6So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord—7for we walk by faith, not by sight.8Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home withRead More →

“No More Kings” 1 Samuel 8:4-20 1 Samuel 8:4-20 4Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, 5and said to him, “You are old and your sons do not follow in your ways; appoint for us, then, a king to govern us, like other nations.” 6But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “GiveRead More →

“(Anything But) Ordinary Time” John 3:1-17 Today’s gospel reading comes from the gospel of John. In this gospel Jesus uses symbolic language – words with multiple meanings – intentionally. Invites our imaginations to do some work to figure out what he’s talking about. Language designed for those who hear the story to get an idea, even when the character inRead More →