Is There Any Hope?

    Amazingly, it was only two weeks ago that we were gathered in person in this space in what I suspected would be our last physical gathering for some time. It seems like a lot longer, doesn’t it?     Our Old Testament reading that day was from the...

We Can Make A Difference

Baptisms are cause for celebration. After almost every baptism there is a special reception at church, often followed by another party at home for family and friends.     That was not the case for Jesus. He was baptized by his cousin John at age 30 in...

Listening to Jesus

Today we come to the end of the season of Epiphany, what is known as the season of light. Epiphany always begins and ends the same way. The first Sunday of  the season is always the time we celebrate Jesus’ baptism. And the last Sunday of the season is always the...

Jesus’ Inaugural Address

“With malice towards none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and orphan,...

Jesus and the Groundhog

    A number of events collide on the calendar today.     My guess is that to most of the country today is first and foremost Super Bowl Sunday, a day when even people who are not football fans find themselves in front of a television,...

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