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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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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