March 3, 2019 Twilight of the Idols

Focus: In Christ, we find a new identity, our true identity. We must be ready to see with Christian eyes and love with Christian hearts. We must be ready to participate in what Jesus Christ is doing in the world—to live out the Christian drama. This may require us to let go of, and even […]

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February 17, 2019 All Shall Be Well

All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well. I was reminded of these words from Julian of Norwich when I read the Gospel. Julian is a Christian Mystic and theologian. She wrote Revelations of Divine Love after falling ill in 1373 at age 30, and having […]

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From now on you will be catching people. Now, I was very excited to preach when I first saw our readings for this week: the calling of Jesus’ first disciples, the call of the prophet Isaiah, and Paul’s summary of the Gospel message to the Corinthians! I thought, “Here it is! This is my chance […]

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February 3, 2019 Nice Is Not Enough

Writing a sermon seems pretty easy. Modern American life is so violent, so brutal, so inhuman—as anyone who has watched the news, driven on the beltway, or dealt with automated customer service can tell you. Simply keeping it together is a daily task, and an act of kindness can appear as a kind of revolution. […]

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Good morning. When a layperson is invited to preach, I think the congregation expects two things: announce the big idea up front, and get to the point quickly. So, first, the big idea. As 1st Corinthians states, and as you can read throughout the New Testament, a big idea is that we have, each of […]

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You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you. One of the great joy and privilege of being a priest is to participate in the joining of two […]

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January 6, 2019 Ah-ha

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. I think the most important Epiphany in the life of a Christian is the moment we realize we believe. Amen Every once in a while, I find myself all of a sudden awake. I am not sure if […]

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