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May 14, 2017 – Fifth Sunday of Easter – Standards

May 14, 2017 – Fifth Sunday of Easter Acts 15:1-18 Jerusalem Council Standards This is a turning point in the life of faith. Without this conversation, we’re probably all keeping kosher, circumcising, and worshipping on Saturday. This is a really big deal. One group of believers says that one set of rules must be followed. That unless one is circumcised according to…

May 7, 2017 – Fourth Sunday of Easter – Adaptation

May 7, 2017 Fourth Sunday of Easter Acts 8:26-39  Adaptation   This is a challenging story. For those of us who struggle to tell the story of God’s love and grace, even the idea of going up to a complete and total stranger to talk to them about their faith and our faith may be a show stopper. For others, approaching an official may be…

April 23, 2017 – Second Sunday of Easter – Hearing Anew

April 23, 2017 Second Sunday of Easter Luke 24:13-35  Hearing Anew This is an Easter story. It happens on that first Easter. And it is a story we typically tell on the 2 nd Sunday of Easter. As a result, many of us know this story. We may know it as well as the two disciples know the story of what had happened in Jerusalem…

April 16, 2017 – First Sunday of Easter – Empty

April 16, 2017 – First Sunday of Easter Luke 24:1-12 Empty Tomb Empty How scary is empty? Empty plates scare us. Empty bank accounts scare us. Empty wells scare us. Empty homes scare us. And then we have today. Today, empty is liberating. Today, empty is miraculous. Well, it’s those things if we know why it’s empty. Otherwise, it’s terrifying. What have they done with…

April 9, 2017 – Palm Sunday – Even the Stones

April 9, 2017 – Palm Sunday Luke 19:29-44 Triumphal Entry Even the Stones Jesus, make them stop, the priests say. Make them stop tell the story of what you have done. Make them stop, it’s Passover. Make them stop, you’re from Nazareth. Make them stop! Make them STOP! Jesus says no. Even if they stopped, Jesus says, the stones would shout out! Are we shouting…

April 2, 2017 – Fifth Sunday of Lent – To See and Be Seen

April 2, 2017  – Fifth Sunday of Lent Luke 18:31-19:10 Zacchaeus To See and Be Seen Zacchaeus is a story from my childhood, and probably from many of your childhoods as well. A song that may now be running through your head, incessantly. Zaccheaus is a wee little man. A man who wants to see Jesus. And so, of course, he climbs up in the…

March 26, 2017 – Fourth Sunday in Lent – Even If

March 26, 2017 – Fourth Sunday in Lent Luke 16:19-31 Parable of Lazarus and the rich man Even If What does it take to convince us? The rich man, who dresses like royalty, and knows the name of Lazarus, but does not care for him, is clearly not convinced of what God requires. On the other side, he sure wants what he did not…