When we declare Christ as king…

(I preached this sermon on Sunday, November 22, 2020 in response to the Gospel reading – Matthew 25:31-46. You can find the full recording on our church website.) The Feast of Christ the King is what we celebrate today.  Do you understand what that means?  Really take it in for a...
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Prayer for November 20, 2020

Prayer for November 20, 2020: Please pray with me. O God, King of the Universe, we have such amazing titles for you. We call you King. Yet, do we really believe it? Do our actions match up with our words? Or do we put boundaries on your kingship? Do...
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Christ the King

This Sunday we celebrate Christ the King Sunday. I recommend reading up on the history of this church festival. Here’s the tweet version – The pope saw nationalism as an idolatrous threat. Our loyalty and allegiance is to Jesus. Hence Christ the King Sunday. The very declaration of Christ...
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Wandering…

I look around and there’s only one word that makes sense for what we experience – wandering. What have we been doing since the beginning of this pandemic – wandering here and there with no sense of direction. We’re wandering because we are spending a whole lot of time...
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Prayer for November 17, 2020

Prayer for November 17, 2020: Please pray with me. God who abides, you tell us that you abide with us. You didn’t ask if we wanted you to, you just did. That’s probably for the best though. I wonder how many would welcome you willingly. You write your laws...
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Why?

Out of sight, out of mind doesn’t actually work. A friend sent me this article about how the city of Sacramento was going to buy a hotel and turn it into homeless housing. According to the article, the plan was scrapped because a developer got upset – they were...
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Let’s go for a run

(This is the sermon that I preached on Sunday, November 15, 2020 in response to the readings for the day – Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, and Matthew 25:14-30. You can see the entire service clicking on our church website) Everyone has something they enjoy – some activity.  I’m...
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Prayer for November 13, 2020

Prayer for November 13, 2020: Please pray with me. God of wonder, you are amazing. But it seems that for so many, they have lost that amazement. They shift in how they see you. They close their eyes to how you encounter us. They stop wondering and asking questions....
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I don’t understand…

I struggle with the right words for this. I struggle with how to respond. I struggle with gaining any type of understanding of this – anything that would allow me to connect with those who embrace this way of thinking and believing. I struggle with how people become so...
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