Amused and Annoyed

Epiphany 5B I started out this week reading the Gospel for today and immediately found myself both amused and annoyed Here’s the situation. Last week we heard Jesus make his public teaching debut in the synagogue at Capernaum. He also performs his first public healing...

A Loose-Leafed Faith

Epiphany 4B When I was in college someone gave me a button that I probably still have in a drawer somewhere. “Question Authority” it boldly proclaims. “Question authority” was a philosophy that suited a journalism student well. In fact, I spent my college years, and...

The God Who Can’t Be Trusted

Epiphany 3B Our Old Testament reading opens today with the prophet Jonah on a beach in the Mediterranean. This is no beach vacation. Jonah looks stunned and confused. You would, too, if you had just spent three days in the belly of a giant fish, then were spewed out...

Extremists for the Gospel

Epiphany 2 Have you ever wondered how the Bible came into being? Who wrote the many different books that we consider scripture, and who decided what to include in the official Bible and what to leave out? There is no clear-cut answer to those questions. With a few...

The Wise Men’s Turn

Epiphany 2018 Were you surprised to come to church today and still see Christmas decorations? I know from Facebook that there are those among us who were fully decorated for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving, before Advent had even begun, and whose trees were being...

Christmas Eve 2017

Dear Baby God It is good  to be gathered here with you tonight on my favorite night of the year, the night that we celebrate the birth of a baby who will change the world. Everything about this evening is special – the music that our choirs have practiced so many...

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