Easier Said than Done

Proper 19A “Peter came and said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often shall I forgive? As many as seven times?’ “Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but I tell you, seventy-seven times.’” One of scriptures clearest mandates to...

Look for the Helpers

Proper 18A The last two weeks have been unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. Hurricane Harvey causing historic floods across Houston and much of Texas. Epic wildfires raining ash across the West. The strongest earthquake in a century rattling our neighbors in...

From Hero to Goat

Proper 17A Last week’s hero is this week’s goat. Last Sunday we heard Peter, the first-called of all the disciples, praised for correctly answering Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?” “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” Peter quickly blurts out....

Faithful Resisters

Proper 16A “Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.” That simple statement is a warning that difficult days are ahead for the people of Israel. Joseph, the Hebrew boy who was sold into slavery in Egypt by his jealous brothers, who through his...

Lighten Our Darkness

Proper 15A When Joseph Henry was little we had a book called Adam and Eve’s First Sunset.  The story imagined what the very first day of life on earth was like for the very first two humans created by God. Initially, Adam and Eve thought life in the Garden of Eden was...

Chain of Compassion

Proper 10A The original source of the quote is uncertain, but the words have stayed with me since I first heard them in seminary many years ago. “A preacher,” the theologian said, “should have the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other.” Since I spent many...

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