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Lent as Life, not Punishment: The First Sunday in Lent

Sunday, February 21, 2021: Genesis 9:8-17 1 Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:9-15 There have been a lot of interesting and helpful discussions about Lent recently. How do you do Lent when last year’s Lent never really stopped? (And related, how will we celebrate Easter if, like some predictions are saying, a third wave will hit us […]

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The Transfiguration and the Cross, The Throne of God and the Electric Chair: The Last Sunday after the Epiphany

Sunday, February 14, 2021 2 Kings 2:1-12 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 Mark 9:2-9 I sat at my laptop early this week struggling with where to begin. In the background I had the stereo on, and found my thoughts wandering to the music. Eventually I realized that the song playing in that moment was “The Mercy Seat” […]

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Exhaustion, Burnout, and the Kingdom of God: The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

February 7, 2021: Isaiah 40:21-31 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 Mark 1:29-39 The gospel today takes off right after what we heard last week, where Jesus had gone to the synagogue, encountered a person possessed by an unclean spirit, and cast it out. And now here he and his little group is, leaving the synagogue, and, as […]

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Prophets, Idols, and Demons, Oh My…: The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Sunday, January 31, 2021: Deuteronomy 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Mark 1:21-28 Prophets. Idols. And Demons. The immediate applicability of these passages might, at first, seem hard to pin down. But then I think about how a mentor of mine who spent a number of years living in Africa, how he mentioned to me about how […]

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The 2nd Sunday after Epiphany; 1 Samuel 3:1-10, John 1:43-51

In church language, we often speak of “vocation”, literally “calling”, using phrases like, “I feel called to this task, or ministry”. Clergy speak of themselves, as “called by God to ordained ministry.” I use it myself; but sometimes it feels presumptuous to me. Given the biblical readings on this Sunday, it feels like a good […]

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