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February 28, 2021 – Extra Time – The Second Sunday in Lent

Luke 13:1-9, 31-35              These two passages sandwich around a passage about the Sabbath. At the beginning we get the setup for how ruthless Pilate is, and at the start of the second passage, we get warnings about Herod. Those are two of the local political powers that we heard about back at the baptism of Jesus (ch. 3).            It appears…

February 21, 2021 – You’ve Heard this Before – The First Sunday in Lent

Luke 10:25-42                         Old story, 2 old stories. Familiar stories. Reimagine these stories for today. Veteran by the side of the road with cardboard sign instead of man in the ditch, those fleeing danger, and those who are in need. What about the Samaritan – who would be that person for us, for you?            What’s the real message in the…

February 14, 2021 – Transfiguration – Transfiguration Sunday

Luke 9:28-45            Transfiguration doesn’t just happen on the top of the mountain. That’s where we remember it, and that’s what we name the liturgical day after, but it doesn’t just happen on top of the mountain.     At the bottom of the mountain, a man’s son has been transfigured. No longer the beloved son, but is now possessed of an…

February 7, 2021 – Recognition – The 5th Sunday After Epiphany

Luke 7:1-17        The centurion recognizes in Jesus someone with power to heal. The Elders recognize the centurion as someone who has been good to them and to their community. Jesus recognizes a request for help, and starts to walk over. The centurion recognizes the authority in Jesus when Jesus is not quite yet to the house. Jesus recognizes faith. Next, Jesus…

January 24, 2021 – Whose Effort? – The 3rd Sunday After Epiphany

Luke 5:1-11                    Jesus goes out in a boat. He goes out in a boat because there are so many people who want to hear his teaching. So he gets in Simon’s boat, and pushes back from the shore. He teaches, and when he’s done, he tells Simon where to fish. Simon tells Jesus that they’ve been trying that. As a…

January 17, 2021 – New Ears – The 2nd Sunday After Epiphany

Luke 4:14-30                                           Jesus comes back to Nazareth, preaches and is not well received. There’s a lot of human behavior happening here. There’s the inability to imagine God being right here, or a small town boy done that good. There’s a fear of God getting this close. There’s an assumption of arrogance.            Jesus has a response for all of it…

January 10, 2021 – Bridging the Gap -The Baptism of Christ

Luke 3:1-22             John baptizes, bear fruit worthy of repentance, share what you have. Note – this sermon was preached the week of the insurrection and coup attempt at the US Capitol building.            John the Baptist is a neat character. He’s related to the Messiah, and is in the same line of work. On a certain level, John is the last…

January 3, 2021 – Raise a Child – The 2nd Sunday of Christmas

Luke 2:41-52 This is an interesting passage. Often we look at how bad the parenting of Mary and Joseph is that they lost their kid for three days, or how snarky tween-age Jesus was. It is one of the few Scriptural stories of Jesus we have between his birth and infancy and his adult ministry. It provides a unique view into the…