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Lent
April 5, 2020

When Every Day is Good Friday

When Every Day is Good Friday

I always feel conflicted about Palm Sunday. We go from celebrating the entry of Christ into Jerusalem to a week of thinking about Easter dinners, baked goods, and dyed eggs to Good Friday. I feel that “Good Friday” is always a bit of a misnomer. While Jesus’ resurrection can certainly be labeled “good,” there’s really […]

March 29, 2020

In the Valley of the Shadow

In the Valley of the Shadow

“Jesus wept.” Jesus wept. That’s it. “Jesus wept” is the verse that I’d blurt out when I was asked by my childhood Sunday school teachers to share scripture that I had memorized. A little smart-alecky, I know, a sad part of my checkered history. And to you children’s Sunday school teachers who are watching, all […]

March 22, 2020

We’re Blind

We’re Blind

These days, we are blind. We really, really wish it were not so. But in truth, right now we are all blind people. Up until 2 or 3 weeks ago, most of us had established, predictable, and comfortable lives. We got out of bed, dressed, and went off to work or school or whatever else […]

March 8, 2020

The Call of the Midwife

The Call of the Midwife

We are respectable people, right? We dress respectably. We act respectably. We speak respectably. We’re well-read, well-known, well-connected. well-adjusted, well-intentioned, well-informed, well-groomed, and, if we must say so ourselves, well-respected. We’re respectively respectably reputable.    

March 1, 2020

Just as I am

Just as I am

As I have said in previous sermons, I love angry Jesus. As an Enneagram 8 (and if you’re wondering about the Enneagram, just wait, because we have a Sunday School series starting up this week about it), I see so much of myself in angry Jesus. Most of this stems from my “Am I the […]

April 14, 2019

The March of the Kingdoms

The March of the Kingdoms

With a high school band or soldiers in basic training, one of the first things taught is how to march.  And that’s not an easy task.  Learning how to march takes practice, hours and hours of practice.  Hours and hours spent paying attention to even the slightest details.  The length of the stride.  The pace […]

April 7, 2019

The Extravagant Disciple

The Extravagant Disciple

This is a story of extravagance, of a woman named Mary who dumped very expensive perfume on someone’s dirty feet and then promptly wiped it off. You might call this action absurd, wasteful, or outrageous. Jesus, however, calls it discipleship. To understand why Mary was extravagant, look back to chapter 11. Lazarus, the brother of […]

March 31, 2019

Crossing the Chasm

Crossing the Chasm

A friend of mine was recently asked to speak at a major denominational meeting. For his talk, he chose a topic he was passionate about. It was a topic he knew really, really well because he had been thinking about it for at least 10 years. So when he sat down to write his speech, […]

March 24, 2019

Repent

Repent

Most news reports focus on sad, evil events. “Three People Die in Weekend Crash” says the headline on the front page of the paper. Listen to the news on your car radio and you might hear something like, “Today in western Kansas, a tornado ripped through several towns. As emergency workers rushed to the scene, […]

March 17, 2019

A Hen in the Foxhouse

A Hen in the Foxhouse

I was talking with a friend a while ago.  He was telling me how it feels to have an empty nest after nearly twenty years raising two children, both sons.  And he told me of the ache he feels to see his oldest son make choices that go against what he’d been taught, how he’d […]

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