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Sermons

The Scandal of the Cross

Epiphany 4A The symbol has become so familiar to us, so common, that even the most faithful among us often see it without thinking. I’m talking about the cross. We see it in church every Sunday. We wear it around our necks. We often decorate it with fine metals and...

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Matthew 4

Matthew 4:12-23 Epiphany 3 In the name of God, Creator, Redeemer, and Holy Comforter.  Amen Jesus was born into anxious times.  It was a time when a threatened Jewish King Herod could order the slaughter of innocent children under the age of 2 because some Magi came...

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Welcome to the Herd

Christmas Eve 2016 On this holy night we gather to begin again the story of our redemption. It is a story so wonderful that, as the psalm for this night says, the very heavens and earth, the seas and the trees of the forest shout with joy. The joyous shouting reminds...

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Surprised by Joy

Advent 3A In the past weeks as the world around us ratchets up the frenzy of Christmas preparations, our scripture readings have been decidedly unfestive. The first week of Advent, we heard about the apocalypse and were warned to be ready for the end of time. Last...

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The Family Tree

Advent 1A In recent years, researching one’s family tree has become a very popular hobby, aided by genealogy websites on line. Finding out about one’s ancestors and history can help give us a sense of who we are, where we came from, what transpired in history to bring...

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The King and I

Proper 29C When I was young, one of my favorite books was Anna and the King of Siam. I read this tale of the young Englishwoman who taught in the exotic Far East country of Siam, now known as Thailand, over and over and over again. One of the things that intrigued me...

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Love Still Trumps Hate

My sermon today begins with a preamble of sorts. That’s not the usual way to begin, but this has not been a usual kind of week. I’ve been preaching for well over two decades now. I’ve preached in many difficult situations – after natural disasters here and around the...

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Of Camels and Needles

Proper 26C Zacchaeus is not a happy man. In fact, he might describe himself as miserable. He has great wealth, but has learned the hard way that riches do not bring joy. He supposes that wealth often brings with it isolation, but most of the other wealthy men he knows...

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Dreaming With God

Proper 25C It has not been a good time for the people of Israel when the prophet Joel enters the scene. Wave upon wave of locusts have descended upon the country, each causing more and more destruction, until finally nothing is left. “The fields are devastated, the...

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Blessing the Scoundrel

Proper 24C Many years ago, when I was newly ordained,  I taught an adult Sunday School class called “Saints and Sinners.” The class took a look at those we typically think of as Biblical heroes of faith – people like Abraham, Moses, David, Peter and Paul – and...

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For the Common Good

Proper 23C It was not the word from the Lord that the Israelites were hoping or expecting to hear. God is addressing the survivors of the Babylonian invasion of their country almost 600 years before the birth of Christ. Survival meant they kept their lives, but that...

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