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Sermons

  • March 18, 2018

    “Arriving at John’s Agonizing View of Purpose”

    Year B: The Fifth Sunday in Lent

    The Fifth Sunday of Lent represents for many the difficult task of facing the painful questions posed by human reality, purpose and destiny.  The Psalmist struggled with life’s frailty in Psalm 51, while Jeremiah in Chapter 31 was bewildered with the nature of human disobedience from God’s covenant people and the actual coming of a […]

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  • March 11, 2018

    “Arriving at John’s Unique View of the Fiery Serpents”

    Year B - The Fourth Sunday in Lent

    In the ancient Mesopotamian cultures good and evil, light and darkness were represented by two mythological creatures Ahurimazda (light) and Ahriman (darkness).  According to this macro-myth, these two figures were locked in an eternal struggle or wrestling match represented by day and night.  But since the night was followed by day, the match was regarded […]

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  • March 4, 2018

    “Arriving at John’s Striking View of the Temple”

    Year B - Third Sunday of Lent

    During the month of March, I invite you join me in reflecting seriously on four strategic events in the life of Jesus which are treated in the Gospel of John. Studying these stories along with related texts selected in the lectionary can be very illuminating for Christians.  Moving through these four Sundays of March 2018 […]

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  • February 25, 2018

    “Take up YOUR Cross!”

    Year B: Second Sunday in Lent

    Rabbi Jesus in his school of discipleship was at mid-term.  His students had been recruited and oriented.  They had observed Jesus heal, teach through sermons, tell stories, respond to critics, feed thousands and perform various wonders.  Seated at his feet, walking along the road, conversing over meals, the twelve had listened and learned about God […]

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  • February 18, 2018

    “A Costly Invitation”

    Year B: First Sunday inh Lent

    Invitations are important. A lot of time and energy is devoted to efforts that will find us recognized, accepted and included. We want to belong and to be affirmed. Relationships often are the way that we are personally identified and valued. A bid to belong, an invitation to a party, an opportunity to join; are […]

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  • February 11, 2018

    “Personal Transfiguration”

    Year B: Transfiguration Sunday

    Our Old Testament lesson today mentions two great prophets: Elijah and Elisha. They had significant roles in the Old Testament. Even in the time of the New Testament, Elijah was still a major figure in the minds of many people. Elijah was expected to return from the dead; indeed, some thought Jesus was Elijah (Mk […]

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  • February 4, 2018

    "I'll Do Anything…Even Preach!”

    Year B: Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

    There was a movie called I’ll Do Anything in the early 90s and a television show with the same name in 2004. Produced by ESPN, it was another of those reality TV shows. This show asked fans to accomplish challenging tasks in order to grant their friends or loved ones their most fervent sports fantasies. […]

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  • January 28, 2018

    Beyond the Boundaries: The Soil of the Good Word

    Year B – Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

    “It’s all a matter of where you draw your lines.” So, says one of my best friends from seminary days. Theology is a continuum.  It’s where you draw your line. Ethics is a continuum. Where you draw your line. Politics, economics, social and cultural mores… all, where you draw your lines. In the ancient world […]

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  • January 21, 2018

    “Minding Your Call”

    Year B – Third Sunday after the Epiphany

    It’s a phrase that we preacher types have heard a million times. It’s a question I’ve answered more times than I care to remember. It’s an expression that has become practically cliché. Most often asked in ministerial job interviews, it’s a good opener to get the conversation going: “So, tell us about your `Call’ into […]

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  • January 14, 2018

    “Sound Seeing”

    Year B – Second Sunday after the Epiphany

    She has been blind from birth. She has never seen her mother’s face, her father’s smile, a sunset at dusk or the opening of a flower in bloom. But now, she “sees” in stereo sound.   The glasses she wears look a little like something out of Star Trek. There are no lenses in these glasses. […]

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