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Grafted & Pruned
I know that for me, whenever I hear the opening verse of this text, “I AM the True Vine,
and God, my Father is the Vineyard Keeper” I am immediately transported sensually to the vineyards of Alsace!

That’s a bit like flicking through your TV channels, or a YouTube feed, and landing in the middle of something you’ve no idea what. What happened before, or what’s going to happen next?

Sensing Resurrection..

The trouble with taking the Sunday after Easter off, as I’ve done more often than not, is that I often feel like I’m playing catch up when I step back to the lectern, or in this year, hop back on the kitchen stool.

See! (Don’t) Touch! Tell!
I confess that I’ve been sitting on this lectionary conundrum for days now.

Welcome to this time of worship for Good Friday, called Good, for the goodness of love that silently conquers fear and hate, even at the ultimate price of life itself.

What’s with the Donkey?

Stripped of our regular pageantry,
the story’s oddnesses poke out like toes from a sock, don’t they?

Covenants of the Heart

Let’s take ourselves back in time, two and a half millennia to the eastern coastline of the Mediterranean, a crucial corridor between the Fertile Crescent and the Nile Delta and its access to the continent of Africa.

Snake on a Stick, and Other Strange Biblical Wisdom
I love maps, I love history,
I love strange mythic tales.

God’s Top Ten

This morning we reach the place
in the grand narrative of our covenant relationship as humans with God where the Ten Commandments are carved in stone!

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…

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