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Who is in your family? Sermon for Sunday June 10, 2018

We can learn from the faithfulness of people around us. I am consistently humbled by the faithfulness of our Muslim sisters and brothers as they fast from Sunrise to sunset throughout the month of Ramadan. I am glad my children can learn from their witness. We are also blessed with the extended family of God's people. We are connected not just by blood, but by water, the water of Baptism. This is a holy gift.

Past Sermons

Jesus and his Public Protests: Sunday June 3, 2018

Jesus and his Public Protests: Sunday June 3, 2018

Right from the start of Mark’s gospel Jesus chooses to provoke the Pharisees by violating rules against working on the sabbath. This is no accident. Jesus wants to make it clear the God’s kingdom is breaking into this world and there will be no waiting for the hungry to be fed or the broken to be restored to community.

And Jesus won’t let us wait either.

 

How can you be born from above?

How can you be born from above?

Jesus tells Nicodemus he must be born from above. If there is one thing we know for certain about birth it is this: Being born happens to you. Like it or not you cannot choose to be born and you cannot choose your parents.

God chooses us and chooses to bring us to new birth through the gift of baptism.

Being the People Jesus Prayers For Sunday May 13, 2018

Being the People Jesus Prayers For Sunday May 13, 2018

At first bring the people Jesus prays for sounds like a wonderful thing. But not so fast. When you step back and consider the implications it really does complicate life.

Thanks be to God that Jesus never abandons us, even as we like Peter deny him.

Pentecost Sunday May 20 2018: The Spirit is still at work!

Pentecost Sunday May 20 2018: The Spirit is still at work!

Pentecost is not just something that happened in the past. The story of Pentecost continues every day as God’s Spirit speaks to us in the language we can understand and leads us towards the work of justice and peace.

Confirmation Sunday for the Friends of Jesus May 6 2018

Confirmation Sunday for the Friends of Jesus May 6 2018

Jesus invites us to be friends. This means caring about the things he cares about. This means striving for justice and peace in all the earth. It means loving God and loving our neighbor, even when it turns out our neighbor is a dirty rotten bum.

This is  a day when our young people affirm their faith. This is the promise: We are the people God loves, and we get to live in, with and under that love.

 

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt? Doubt it! April 15, 2018

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt? Doubt it! April 15, 2018

Jesus Christ is Risen: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, that’s the billboard on I-75 on the way to Detroit. But is that faithful?

Faith exists because we don’t have certainty. But faith invites us into a relationship with Jesus. Knowing the resurrection happened, that’s fine. Like knowing I have a great Uncle Win. But the person he was, his gentle laugh and his generosity, that’s someone worth knowing in a different way.

Faith invites us into a relationship with Jesus and that is a priceless gift.

 

 

Easter Sunday April 1, 2018 And Peter…

Easter Sunday April 1, 2018 And Peter…

Jesus is not only the one who suffers with us, but he is the one who redeems our suffering. Jesus is the one who can and does bring life in the face of death. He did this for Peter, the denier, when Peter is singled out among the disciples. In the same way it could just as easily be your name there.

Thanks be to God for those saints we encounter who help us see the good news and the hope of the resurrection in our lives every day.

 

Healing comes in Many Forms: Third Sunday in Lent March 4, 2018

Healing comes in Many Forms: Third Sunday in Lent March 4, 2018

We pray for the healing of our bodies and trust God acts. But what do we do when there is no hope of complete recovery?

Still, healing is so much more. Healing of our relationships, healing of our community, healing of our nation.

When Jesus cleanses the Temple he is calling out an unjust and unhealthy system. he is crying out for healing.

When the student who survived the mass killing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School cry out for changes to our laws about guns they are calling for a cleansing of the temple of our nation. Those “meddlesome kids” are crying out for the healing of our nation.

In the end all healing in this life will be incomplete. So we trust in the one who has gone to the cross before us and who walks with us throughout this life.

 

Where is your wilderness? Sermon for Lent 1

Where is your wilderness? Sermon for Lent 1

Wilderness comes in many forms. The oaks tree forests of the eastern mountains of America. The jagged peaks of the Rocky Mountains. The barren and empty dirt and rocks of the Judean wilderness.

But wilderness is also those times of doubt and questions. Wilderness with found in times of pain.

As followers of Jesus we can’t avoid the wilderness, in fact like Jesus we will find times when we are driven into the wilderness for times of testing and temptation.

Seeing the world through new eyes: Transfiguration Sunday 2018

Seeing the world through new eyes: Transfiguration Sunday 2018

Traveling in the Holy Land we visited places where Christians have been worshipping for more than 1500 years. Those places touch you and change you and help you see the world differently. Mostly what is left there are stones, ancient stones. But there are also living stones, the people of the place living there today. Encountering them, hearing their stories and the challenging realities of their lives chances you as well.

In the Transfiguration account Jesus is changed and the disciples see him in a new way. In the Holy Land our eyes were opened to see the world there in a new way as well. But you don’t have to leave home for that to happen. Open your eyes and watch, open your ears to listen, open your heart to compassion and you will be changed and the way you see the world will be changed.

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