The Holy Yes

    The story we hear today from Luke’s gospel is one of Jesus’ most vivid and harsh parables.     There’s the poor man, Lazarus, covered with sores, sitting outside the gates of the rich man’s home. He’s so...

Acting Shrewdly for the Gospel

You know it is going to be an interesting week of sermon preparation when you read the day’s Gospel text, scratch your head and say “Huh?”; then go to a commentary for illumination and find it begins with this sentence: “The parable of the unjust steward has baffled...

 Then and Now

    We all remember where we were and what we were doing that day. I was getting ready for work, about to scoop up 4-month-old Joseph Henry from the bed and leave when I heard the news bulletin – a plane had hit the World Trade Center....

 Angels Unaware

    It is one of the most basic tenets of scripture in both the Old and New Testaments — hospitality to the stranger.     Abraham and Sarah are the first in scripture to model it. Abraham is sitting at the entrance to his tent when...

 Standing Up Straight

    Eighteen years. For 18 years the woman has not been able to stand up straight. For 18 years she has been hunched over, her back so bent that all she can see is the ground around her.     For 18 years she has not seen the sun or the...

We Must Not Fail

    It is Independence Day weekend, a time that we celebrate the founding of this nation that we all love. It seems appropriate to be in church this weekend to offer prayers for our country.     By any standards this is a difficult time...

A Dangerous Moment

    It’s a dangerous moment for Christianity.     The disciple 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, fearing that those who...

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