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The Way Out is Through

We have been worshipping online for ten weeks today. That’s two-and-a-half months. In the grand scheme of things, that doesn’t seem like a long time. But… In the last two-and-a-half months, I have learned how to make a podcast, and how to hold meetings and Bible studies and worship over Zoom, and that Zoom is a less-than-perfectly-safe place to hold worship, and how to lead worship over video. Among other things. And we’ve learned how to do many of those things together. We have failed and we have triumphed together. And we’re still learning how to do those things…

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The Economy Was Made for Humanity

The Pharisees walked up to Jesus and asked him, “Do you not see what your disciples are doing? Why are they doing something that is against the law on the sabbath?…

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Let’s Let the 2020 Iowa Caucuses Be the Last

On Monday, I participated in my second Democratic caucus in Iowa. Over the course of two hours that evening, a group of a little over a hundred Democrats spoke and listened, argued and persuaded, voted and counted. In the end, we split our five delegates between three candidates: two…

Indiscriminate

Imagine that you are the greeter at the door of a party. There are two groups of people who want to get in. We’ll call one of the groups, The Blue Angels. And we’ll call the other group… Group Two. The host would like you to let all of…

Let Me Come With You

Do me a favor. Close your eyes for a moment. Imagine something with me. It is a dark and stormy night. The clouds obscure the moon and the stars. The lights from town are off in the distance. The rain is falling in sheets. You can barely see your…

Noticeable

The audio on this recording is pretty bad. I apologize for that. It looks like our lectern microphone is having some issues and that’s generating a lot of static. A few years ago, I gave a sermon at Mariah’s church. It was a sermon about holy impatience for the…

Like Nothing

Jesus came into the world to heal. Christ came into the world to restore. We saw that in last week’s reading, when Jesus rebuked an unclean spirit and healed Simon’s mother-in-law… like it was nothing. We saw it in last week’s reading, when, after Jesus did those things, more…

To Heal. To Restore.

A week-and-a-half ago, on Christmas Eve, we celebrated Christ coming into the world as a baby… among a dispossessed people in an occupied land… to parents who were far from home and who couldn’t find a room for a night. A week-and-a-half ago, on Christmas day, we were not…