Stroll through Scripture for Sunday May 26, 2024

Based on 2 Timothy 3:10—17 With Pentecost occurring, we reached the end of the year for the Narrative Lectionary.  Throughout the summer, the lectionary offers suggestions on what scripture and themes to focus on.  I chose to set aside the suggestion for four weeks and explore topics of interest.  This coming Sunday,...
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The Pentecost Miracle

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-axtns-1618c6b The Holy Spirit gives us gifts and draws us together.  We are given unique gifts to build up the body of Christ, to serve, to love, to live – in community.  It’s a miracle.  The sermon is based on Acts 2:1-4 and 1 Corinthians 12:1-13.  ...
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It doesn’t have to be this way

I think one way of expressing the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus, is summed up in the phrase “It doesn’t have to be this way.” It’s the idea that what we currently experience isn’t the only option and things are not set in stone. There are other ways,...
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Stroll through Scripture for May 12, 2024

Based on 1 Corinthians 15:1-26, 51-57 Chapter 15 of this first letter to the Corinthians is near the end of the letter.  Which means Paul is summarizing and making a conclusion to his arguments that he has been presenting throughout the letter.  And it’s important to remember that the church in...
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What is Love

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-g96hv-1605347 What is Love?  We can talk about it.  We can think about it.  We can experience it.  We can share in it.  What is the greatest?  The sermon is based on 1 Corinthians 13.  ...
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Stroll through Scripture for May 5, 2024

Based on 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 “Love is patient.  Love it kind…”.  If you’ve ever been to a wedding, you’ve probably heard this passage.  In fact, it’s a passage of Scripture that even non-church people have familiarity with because of its frequent use in weddings.  And while it makes for a nice wedding passage...
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Is politics broken?

It feels like it. Especially if you watch any news source and how they report on the proceedings of any capital in this country. I watched a montage of Republican US House members who were upset over Ukraine funding. Their statements all had one thing in common – a...
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Stroll through Scripture for April 21, 2024

Based on Acts 17:1-9; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 The Narrative Lectionary jumps from Acts 3 all the way to Acts 17 and beginning of the spread of the church outside of Israel.  In this week’s Lectionary, we are sent with Paul and Silas to Thessalonica.  Thessalonica was an important and thriving city...
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A Special Place and Community of Healing

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-g3dye-15e0f6e Peter and John heal a man lame from birth.  And when healed, he becomes a part of the community.  But it is far more than just physical healing that happens.  Christ is still active in healing in a multitude of ways today. We experience this healing at Christ...
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No one sees themselves as the bad guys

I have a working theory that says that no one has ever seen themselves as the bad guy. It doesn’t matter who we are talking about. Everyone, even the most evil of people in history, have always thought of themselves as on the side of good and that their...
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