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Dec 10, 2018

Advent calls us to prepare not just our homes for Christmas, but our lives for the fulfillment of the Reign of God when Christ comes in glory. Trouble is, we often feel rather helpless and passive in the face of that event. Is waiting just standing around until God makes all things new? For Paul, the Christian life is a...


Dec 3, 2018

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The season Advent, however, seems to throw a wet blanket on all the jingling bells and decked halls. Scripture readings (Luke 21) turn to images of the end of the world and collapse of heaven and earth. Not very festive, it seems. That makes the preacher a bit of a buzz...


Nov 26, 2018

Today’s gospel reading describes Pilate interrogating Jesus. Pilate and Jesus represent two kingdoms: Pilate represents the kingdom of world, and Jesus represents God’s kingdom. We have our feet planted in both kingdoms, but the question we each have to ask is, “Which kingdom has our loyalty? To which king do we...


Nov 26, 2018

Jesus says, “Don’t worry.” That is harder than it sounds. We worry about food, clothing, housing and a host of other things that seem to matter more than anything else. Thanksgiving seems to provide a one-day break to give thanks for what has gone right in life and suspend worrying about what could happen for at...


Nov 19, 2018

Life will sometimes kick you in the gut. For Jesus’ disciples hearing that the Temple would be torn down was a kick in the gut. We all have something, at some time or another, that will kick us in the gut. Life can be hard. Life for some of us is a lot harder than it should be. Jesus tells us that our present...