Sermons

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    2016-09-11 "Creatures of the Creator"

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    The grand story of the Bible begins with God. That is a significant statement in the midst of contemporary life. We don't create the world; God does. But we are creatures of the Creator, created in the image of God. That gives us a unique place in terms of being stewards of God's creation.
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    2016-09-18 The Sacrifice of Isaac: "A Terrifying Tale"

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    This is a terrifying story in the Bible whether we read it for the first time or the upteenth time. We may find by not lessening the story that we learn a richer understanding of the nature of God and of faith.
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    2016-09-25 Jacob's Ladder: "The Gracious Dream"

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    The Jacob story in Genesis 25-34 is meant for us realize that our faith family does not have the most pure pedigree. Jacob steals the birthright from his brother Esau. He flees because his brother wants to kill him. Then out in the middle of nowhere he experiences the mysterious but dependable presence of God.
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    2016-10-02 "Moses and the Burning Bush"

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    We might think that the burning bush is the wonder of the story. But it is God's word that gives an understanding of God and what we are called to do in behalf of the Lord's kingdom. God uses Moses, the reluctant servant of God.
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    2016-10-09 Manna in the Wilderness: "Christians Complaining"

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    The wilderness chapter of Israel's history is important for us because we must acknowledge that we sometimes have a complaining spirit. Complaining can have both a negative and positive spiritual meaning.
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    2016-10-16 "God Calls Samuel: Speak Lord for Your Servant"

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    God's word comes again and again into the midst of human history and intrudes. One of the ways that this text has encountered me is that I now read the text from the standpoint of Eli rather than Samuel. We are called to welcome the younger voices in a congregation while also recognizing that the wisdom of Eli is necessary.
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    2016-11-13 "Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters"

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    On Stewardship Sunday and after the national election Amos chapter 5 would not not be my usual pick. But it just might be that our practice of justice and righteousness is precisely what needs to flow.
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    2016-11-20 "Yearning for Home"

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    The prophet Jeremiah was a contemporary of the darkest period in Old Testament history, the exile. It was a time of tremendous dislocation and homelessness. Jeremiah's letter to the exiles in chapter 29 gives us an opportunity to locate ourselves in terms of our own yearning for home in the midst of the contemporary events of our time.
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    2016-11-27 The Prophet Daniel: "It's Cool in the Furnace"

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    The Book of Daniel was one of the most widely read books of the Old Testament at the time of Jesus. The book can help us get ready for the birth of Jesus Christ because as we go through fiery pressure, we learn something of the surprising presence of Jesus Christ.
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    2016-12-11 Isaiah: "Return from Exile"

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    On the last Sunday that we deal directly with the Old Testament narrative this year, Isaiah of the exile through his inspired words leads the people from the valley of the exile to the return to Jerusalem. The messianic hope grows.
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    2016-12-18 "What is John doing in the Christmas Story?"

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    The Gospel of John begins with a beautiful prologue that opens the curtain to heaven. But then all of a sudden, St. John introduces John the Baptist? What is he doing there in the Christmas story?
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    2016-12-24 "Finding Our Place in the Christmas Story"

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    In an age that is even unsure of its news, Christians declare that God has indeed come in human flesh. And yet we also need to locate ourselves in God's story. The beloved reading of the Christmas story is an opportunity to locate ourselves in the story.
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    2016-12-25 "Home by Another Way"

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    The Wise Men came and bore gifts for the Christ child but they returned home by another way. We will come and worship the Christ child but we will always return home by another way.
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    2017-01-01 "New Years with WWJBD"

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    There was a popular practice of wearing a bracelet that would remind Christians at a time of decision of what Jesus would do. But maybe on January 1st we could ask the question, What would John the Baptist do? WWJBD? This would be a good them for us throughout 2017.
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    2017-01-08 "Chain Reaction with Jesus"

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    In the Gospel of John it is primarily the disciples that call other disciples that leads to more disciples and so forth. What can we learn from John's gospel about sharing faith with others?
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    2017-01-15 "Miracles as Signs"

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    The turning of water into wine is the first miracle, or sign in the Gospel of John. Why did John make this the first miracle in the Gospel of John? This message is meant to address the whole question of what to make of miracles.
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    2017-01-22 The New Temple

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    While we tend to spiritualize the place and time and worship, these do have important ways that bring us in the presence of God. And yet Jesus is the new temple of God.
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    2017-02-05 "When Jesus Sneaks Up on You"

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    The Samaritan woman who sneaks up on the Samaritan woman at the well is an example of Jesus sneaking up on us when we struggle with issues of immigration and borders. But it just might be that Jesus wants to sneak up on you!
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    2017-02-12 "Matters of Faith and Health"

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    The 4th and 4th of chapter of John give us two stories of healing; one positive and one negative. One key verse is about the father of an ill boy, "Who believed the word Jesus spoke to him and started on his way." And another key verse is the man who was ill for 38 years and Jesus asked, "Do you want to be healed?" In these two questions, is Jesus' health care plan.
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    2017-02-26 "This I Do Know"

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    Transfiguration Sunday according to the Gospel of John is John chapter 9 when Jesus says, "I am the light of the world." The man born blind who is healed by Jesus is not just about physical sight but about spiritual knowledge. How can we know anything at all in matters of religion. The man born blind says, "This one thing I do know; I was blind but now I see."
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    2017-03-12 "The Last Supper According to the Gospel of John"

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    John has a last supper and a gathering of the disciples for the last time, but it is a footwashing rather than the institution of the Last Supper. We often interpret the footwashing as an example of what we are to do to each other but maybe we miss the primary point.
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    2017-03-19 "Peter at the Cross"

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    Peter's denial is recorded in all four of the gospels, but John brings out more than the other evangelists the contrast between Peter and Jesus. Why did Peter deny Jesus? Popular piety says fear, but maybe the problem is that Peter thinks that Jesus needs Peter more than Peter needs Jesus.
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    2017-04-02 "Pilate at the Cross"

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    The Apostles' Creed includes Pontius Pilate in the creed. He lives in the hall of infamy. But he was trapped in a difficult spot between an innocent man and the pressures of the religious leaders seeking to maintain order for the Roman Empire. Politics has come to the cross.
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    2017-04-09 "Day of Irony"

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    John more than any of the other gospel writers uses the literary device of irony. There is no greater day of irony in the Christian Calendar than Palm Sunday. The crowds welcome him as king but within days Jesus goes to the cross.
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    2017-04-16 "While It Was Still Dark"

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    The account of the resurrection of Jesus in St. oJohn takes us back to the opening pages of Genesis. The resurrection is not just when I die I get to go to heaven, but it is God's coming in Jesus to bring about a recreation and a new heaven and a new earth. Something totally significant happened from Good Friday to Easter.
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    2017-04-23 "Resurrection 2"

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    The movie industry occasionally does sequel movies. This is a sermon that develops more fully what could not be said on Easter Sunday. Jesus comes to his disciples on Easter evening and continues to develop them into a living resurrection community.