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...

A Gracious Invitation

Proper 9A For the last three Sundays in our Gospel readings we have heard Jesus telling his disciples what life will be like for those who follow him. At first, life as a disciple sounds pretty good. Jesus gives his friends and followers the authority to cast out...

The Other Side of the Story

Proper 7A There’s a funny thing about history. It changes depending on who is telling it. For many years,  history textbooks told the story of this country’s past from the viewpoint of white men. Stories of women, Native Americans, African Americans, and other...

Stranger Love

Proper 6A It is another hot day in the desert. Abraham is sticking close to the shade of his tent, grateful for even a little respite from the sun’s merciless glare. But when he looks up and sees three strangers approaching, he runs to greet them. He doesn’t just give...

Sealed With A Kiss

Trinity Sunday A The pattern is the same every year. We celebrate Easter and God’s victory over death in the resurrection of Jesus, the son of God. Then 50 days later we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples at Pentecost. And then the next Sunday,...

A Dangerous Moment

Pentecost A It’s a dangerous moment for Christianity. The followers of Jesus are gathered together in a locked room. It’s a familiar place to them. They locked themselves away from the world after Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion. That locked room was where Jesus found...

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