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No One Knows…

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-kgr58-15b2114 There have been many predictions about Jesus coming back. All have been focused on death and destruction.  All have been wrong.  Instead of predicting when Jesus is coming back and how destructive that will be, Jesus calls us to active faith that will restore and bring hope.  The...
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Clergy shortages and dying congregations and bears, oh my!

“Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” is one of the most famous lines from The Wizard of Oz. It’s turned into a cliche that can express the fear of three things all occurring at the same time. In the case of the institutional church we know about clergy...
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Stroll through Scripture for March 17, 2024

Based on Mark 13:1-8, 24-37 The phrase that captures this Sunday’s reading is, “Keep Awake!”  The whole of chapter 13, including the parts not in the lectionary are all Jesus saying in many different ways for followers to keep awake, to pay attention, to be alert.  But what does that really...
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Jesus versus the Scammers

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-jiav9-15a7a8f The sermon is based on Mark 12:28-44.  Jesus confronts a big scam that was going on.  Appearances looked one way, but behind the curtain, Jesus shows what’s really going on.  And he offers a better way.  Where do we see this same thing in our lives and society...
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There’s always a choice

There are many things in the world that we really have no control over. And there are a whole lot of things that we really have no influence over either. Wars in Ukraine and Israel/Palestine are out of control and influence. What we want to happen really doesn’t matter....
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Stroll through Scripture for March 10, 2024

Based on Mark 12:28-44 If last week’s reading moved us into the stage of conflict in the Temple, this week’s reading amplifies the conflict and what it’s really about.  Last week it was the Pharisees and the Herodians trying to trap Jesus. Jesus saw through it all and in the process...
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Jesus meets us in the conflicts of life

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-p97b9-159d208 Conflict is a part of life.  Jesus doesn’t make it all go away.  He meets us in the conflict and offers an alternative, and reassures us that we are not alone.  The sermon is based on Mark 12:1-17....
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Two Christianities (at least). Both use the name Christ

There are (at least) two versions of Christianity. I’m not talking about denominations, theologies, creeds, or anything like that. I’m talking about something different. I don’t have the words to pin on it, so let me describe it. There’s a version of Christianity that seems most concerned with figuring...
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IVF, Abortion, Contraception, Sexuality, Gender and Christianity

The last few years have seen policy fights over a range of issues related to sex, sexuality, identity, rights, and more. It seems as though there are two sides – always two sides. As with most things in America, we have some weird fetish with simplistic either/or thinking. It...
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