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7+ Years In, Preaching Anew

More than 7 years into ordained ministry, and 19 years since I first entered seminary, I have renewed my practice of preaching – both delivering and preparing the sermon. I had always preached with a manuscript Most of these manuscripts were … Continue reading

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Tomorrow’s Sermon, Today

Though I often finish the first draft of my sermons on Fridays, I usually work on the sermons through Saturday evening and even into Sunday morning.  But this week I'm done earlier than usual. Tomorrow's sermon is available today, over … Continue reading

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God is Doing a New Thing

Baptism of our LordIsaiah 42:1-9; Matthew 3:13-17Sunday, January 9, 2011Preached on the day following the shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Baptism of our Lord – Year A 2011 A few months ago,     when comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen … Continue reading

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It Doesn’t Matter What You Came Here To See

Third Sunday of AdventIsaiah 35:1-10; Matthew 11:2-11Sunday, December 12, 2010   Grace to you and peace, from the one who is, who was, and who is to come.  Amen. Steve Martin, the noted actor, comedian, and writer, is a funny … Continue reading

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Now is the Time

Lectionary 33 (25th Sunday after Pentecost), Year C2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19Sunday, November 14, 2010 Grace to you and peace, from the one who is, who was, and who is to come.  Amen. Growing up with the last name of … Continue reading

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God with us, in darkness and death

The half empty glass of pessimism that is raised by the writer of Ecclesiastes
is met by the half-full chalice of life-giving blood that is offered to us by our Lord
during the prelude to his execution.
Two cups shared, filled with tension and realism,
given to us to drink;
one an antidote to the faux optimism that too often masquerades as spirituality;
the other a drink that flows from death and quenches the thirst of life.
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The Creator of All Things Became a Thing (Christmas 2, Year C)

Second Sunday of Christmas, Year CSirach 24:1-12; John 1:1-18Sunday, January 3, 2010 Grace to you and peace, from the one who is, and who was, and who is to come.  Amen. So how about that for something different?Today we read … Continue reading

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