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Words Whispered over Water

Luke 3:21-22 Anne LaMott, a well-known author and person of faith, describes her baptism with candor. She had been sober for a year when she made the decision to be baptized. And on the day of the event, she was already regretting her choice. She called her pastor and explained, “I am just not ready for this kind of commitment. […]

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Christmas Meditation

Tonight we celebrate the greatest love story ever told. The story begins with God tenderly creating humankind and calling us good. And tonight we focus on the part of the story where God love us so much, God came down to earth as Love Incarnate. What strikes me about this part of the story is that God was born not in a […]

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The Gospel in Two Words

Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46 I recently heard of a minister who preached a sermon entitled: “The Gospel in Two Words”. (The minister was Rev. Bob Beverly, author of Peace, etc.) Now that seems like a pretty daunting task, putting the Gospel into two words. If you did that, What words might you use? (Reckless love. Wild ride. Surprising encounters. New life.) Any of those options might be a good fit. Yet, none of those word were the ones the minister chose. A minister preached a sermon, The Gospel in Two Words. The two words: Jesus stopped. Now when I first heard that, I was a bit surprised. After all, how could the Gospel be summarized in the words “Jesus stopped”? These two words come from the story of Jesus healing a blind man in the Gospel of Mark. In Mark’s account, the man begs Jesus to heal him as Jesus passes by with his crowd of disciples and throng of important people. The man starts shouting frantically, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.” The throng starts shushing him. “Keep it down,” they say, knowing Jesus had other, more important things to get done. And then, Jesus stopped. Jesus stopped and called to the blind man. Jesus is a young man under pressure to get things done. Jesus’ to-do list is longer than I can possibly imagine. Even in the story of the blind man, Jesus is multi-tasking: passing through Jericho, teaching his disciples, answering questions … and there in the midst of his crazy work day, […]

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The Heart of the Matter

Scripture: Matthew 25:1-13 At first glance, today’s parable is a puzzling one.  Jesus tells us today: The Kingdom of Heaven is like ten bridesmaids who are waiting for the groom to appear for a great wedding feast.  The ladies fall asleep on the job – I can only imagine how heavy their responsibilities were leading up to the big day […]

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