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Advent Word 5 - Rebuild

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We have rebuilt a building at this little church we call our home. And yet the beloved community is built whenever and however our relationship takes on the character of the Christ, when mutuality reigns, when recognition is the primary sight line, when blessing is the love language.  Too...

Advent Word 4 - Earth

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Jesus came to earth. We believe God shared fully with us in our earthiness Walked on soil Wiped bread crumbs from the face Drank wine and presumably delighted in it. Suffered ache and ecstasy of this earthly existence. “For God so loved the world...” we are told...the world...

Advent Word 3 - Strengthen


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The word for today is “Strengthen.”  Notice, it is not “strength.”  It is not a static state.  It is not something we achieve, but a movement we invite. Strengthen, O God.  That can be our prayer. Notice, too, the prayer is not only to...

Faith in the Midst of Fire

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But now thus says the Lord,he who created you, O Jacob,he who formed you, O Israel:Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;I have called you by name, you are mine.When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;when you walk through fire you...

Surveyed to Life

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Years ago, when in a position of giving feedback, difficult feedback in this case, I was taken by how the recipient replied with such open-hearted gratitude, quoting Proverbs 27:17 – “Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens the wits of another.” Thank you for...

Another "and"

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Another “and” Our young people have lead us in ways they should never have to, and yet thank God they have.  I pray for the kind of courage the students of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have displayed in grieving and in speaking out for justice. ...

S___hole Countries

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The lectionary gospel reading for this coming Sunday comes from John 1. In it, Philip says to Nathanael, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael responds pointedly, dismissively, offensively, “Can...