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Terms of Endearment: What’s in a Name?

This morning’s sermon is brought to you, courtesy of a persistent question
asked by those in your CPU Midrash group, who help me figure out how these ancient texts may “land” with you all.

What/Where’s the Bow Now?

Listening to the story sung as a sea shanty is actually a good way for us to connect again to this biblical story as just that, a darn good yarn

Lingering in the Light (While We Can).

Here we are again.
Transfiger-what? Sunday.

Mark, Mothers-in-Law, and Ministry

As some of you are aware, one of the ways I prepare to preach each week is to meet with a midweek midrash group, where we study the text, mind the gaps,
and follow various rabbit trails that the text throws at us.

Jonah Wading in Troubled Waters

On Wednesday the world looked on in awe as a yellow-coated prophet spoke words that reached into our souls and hopes, and called forth from us a resounding, prayerful “Amen.”

Creation’s First Light

Now, maybe some of you are racing ahead,
trying to remember the details of this
wondrous tale of creation..

Behold the Mystery

Behold the mystery that God,
the creator of the universe,
the One who spins entire galaxies
from the glint of God’s eye,
who loves this little blue dot
in a sidebar galaxy in a corner
of a universe so much,
you can see it in flesh!

Christmas Eve 2020 Carols, Candlelight, Communion

In their book “the First Christmas”
two New Testament scholars,
Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan, imagine a pageant based on Luke’s telling of Christ’s nativity.
It’s not hard to imagine, really is it?,

The “Fear Not” Factor

“His wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame.”

One reason for having Norman
share the text with me
was to show that the passage we just heard
has more than one speaker.

As I was doing some reading in preparation
for Midweek Midrash and to preach this weekend,
I learned about Private Sarah K Evans.

Two millennia have passed.
Some are still waiting for a rapturous second coming

Today being this last Sunday of Lectionary year A,
it’s our last chance to keep company with
Matthew and his Gospel of Jesus Christ.

So, invoking the language of indictment,
let me at first issue this confession of guilt

I’ve said this before on the Sunday that falls closest to Remembrance Day; that I feel ill equipped to speak, because I am part of the “privileged” generation for whom “War” has been long ago, or far away.

By now you know the reading is from the
most tricky book in the Bible: Revelation.

It all boils down to this…. Love

I don’t quite know what’s happening to my sermon prep these days.

You HAVE to go with us

…the demand Moses makes of God “You have to go with us!”-
is one that is “for our times”,
and I wholeheartedly agreed.

A Conversation about Gratitude

This gospel healing story is one many of us learned as children,
when we accepted the miracle as a ‘Jesus-y’ normal thing to do, but we were likely subjected to a bit of Sunday school teacher moral finger wagging…

A Vineyard and the Little Red Hen.

The only safe place to be in the telling of that story was at Jesus feet among the crowd watching a “seer,” a prophet, at work,calling out the hypocrisy

The Real Question isn’t about Water (or toilet paper!)

For all parents–and kids–
who have done the long road trip, this story is for you!
You remember how it goes
(or went in the days before pandemic),

It’s Just, Not Fair.

“It’s just not fair!” What parent has not heard that cry of outrage? When the older sibling is expected to share her precious stuff with that kid brother who wrecks everything!

The Sacred Arithmetic of Forgiveness

Do you have a list of things
you wish Jesus hadn’t said?
I know I do. And this is one of them.

What a family!!

“Way, way back, many centuries ago, not long after the Bible began, Jacob lived in the land of Canaan,a fine example of a family man.
Jacob! Jacob and sons!….”

Put a Ring on It!

It’s powerful testimony,
and, as Lisa said, it emerged when we noticed the Beyoncé moment in the text…
the bit about liking it and putting a ring on it.

Living Our Logo…Online

…it’s not God’s first rodeo.
And nor is it the first time that
the people of God have been
commissioned to live the God Dream outside the walls, outside the lines,in the midst of our own and the world’s nightmares.

Making a Way out of No Way

As I said to my husband Norman over breakfast yesterday,this is not, cannot possibly be, “the sermon on race”beginning, middle, and tied up with a bow ending.

A Divine Comedy

We take an 18 chapter leap this week, in our summer series exploring the new beginnings in the book of Genesis.

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