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Witness to a bigger God

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-2um3h-15d63f2 Humanity has great imagination for destruction, but limited in what God is capable of doing to improve creation and life.  We are called to witness to God’s acts, which are much better.  The sermon is based on Acts 1:1-14....
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Empty (Theological and Ideological) Calories

The term empty calories refers to food that offers little or no nutritional value. The description of the term under the link from the Harvard Medical School website on the search engine results page added the following: “[Empty calories] can contribute to weight gain, chronic inflammation, and other health...
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Stroll Through Scripture for April 7, 2024

Based on Acts 1:1-14 The resurrection has taken place.  Now what?  That’s probably what was going through the minds of Jesus’ early followers.  Regardless of the fact that Jesus told his closest followers at least three times what was going to happen, they just never got it.  But are we any different?  How many...
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Easter Sermon, 2024

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-yvskz-15cb4c6 Early Easter morning, the women come to the tomb.  They bring their expectations.  They enter the tomb where their expectations die, because Jesus is risen and unleashed on the world.  He can’t be contained.  What’s he going to change?  The sermon is based on Mark 16:1-8.  ...
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Good Friday Thoughts

Good Friday is a day of extreme contrast. Horrible cruelty was carried out against an innocent man. He was betrayed, beaten, belittled, and finally executed in a dehumanizing, cruel and painful, and humiliating way. Yet we Christians call it “Good.” It’s not good because of the actions done by...
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Religion and Politics

You’ve probably heard the saying “You shouldn’t talk politics or religion in polite company.” I have two things to say about that – 1. Wrong. You shouldn’t talk politics or religion in the company of people who are more concerned with being right than in seeing the humanity of...
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Stroll through Scripture for Holy Week, 2024

Holy Week is my favorite week of the entire church year.  It’s got it all jammed into this week – unique services, a depth in the story we don’t get the rest of the year, quite literally facing death and Jesus overing it, intrigue, doubt, complexity, uncertainty, vulnerability, complicated relationships,...
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Which parade are you going to?

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-jji39-15c02d3 There’s a couple of parades in town.  One seeks to maintain order and control through the threat of violence.   The other seeks to free people, but not in a way they expect.  Which parade are you going to?  The sermon is based on Mark 11:1-11....
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What do you believe?

I’ve listened and watched it so many times. Someone states what they claim to believe. They say something like everyone has value. Or they state that children are the future. Or that education is important. Or a whole host of other claimed beliefs. And then when you watch what...
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Stroll through Scripture for Palm Sunday, March 24, 2024

Based on readings from Mark 11:1-11 and Mark 14:3-9 We made it to Holy Week!  Palm Sunday is a unique Sunday in so many ways.  It’s a paradox Sunday.  We have two Gospel readings.  One focuses on the triumphant entry into Jerusalem and the other is about preparation for death that will take...
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