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The 9th Sunday after Pentecost; Luke 12:32–40

The Gospel for this day seems to consist of two almost unconnected parts. For the first few verses you might think I ought to be up here wearing a Happy Face Smiley T-shirt! Don’t be afraid, little flock, God will give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, sell everything you own, and give it away. […]

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The 8th Sunday after Pentecost; Luke 12:13–21

Supposedly true story; not mine, but supposedly true nevertheless. Father is reading age-appropriate Bible stories to young Andrew, about five years old. One story is about faith. “Do you have faith, Andrew?” father asks. Andrew thinks for quite a while, then answers, “No, I have toys!” It’s faintly funny from a child, until you think […]

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The 7th Sunday after Pentecost; Hosea 1:2-10

I want to bring you with me on a journey to another time and place. We’re going back almost three thousand years to 8th Century BC. We’re also going across the Atlantic, to the kingdom of Israel. The kingdom of Israel split from the kingdom of Judah over one hundred years ago, and their northern […]

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The 6th Sunday after Pentecost; Luke 10:38-42

I usually don’t do “Show & Tell” as part of a sermon, but this rather ornate certificate, which normally lives on a wall of my home office, is relevant to today’s Gospel reading. It certifies that I was maade an “Officer of the Order of the Sons of Martha”. It says that this was granted […]

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Another Good Samaritan Sermon: The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, July 10, 2022 Amos 7:7-17 Luke 10:25-37 I saw online (before the Rogers outage) someone asked if there was anything new to say about the Parable of the Good Samaritan. I don’t know if it was meant as [inquisitively:] “is there anything new to say about the Good Samaritan?” or [exasperatedly:] “is there anything […]

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