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Doing what momma says …

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While Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, .‘See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death; .then they will hand…(Read More)

On Thanksgiving

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You crown the year with your goodness, * and your paths overflow with plenty. May the fields of the wilderness be rich for grazing, * and the hills be clothed with joy. (Psalm 65:12-13) I most recently preached about this Psalm at a wedding. It is a harvest song, and it is also appointed for…(Read More)

Journey of conversion

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We are not ready for the power revealed in the partaking of the Sacraments. We’re not awake to the possibility that prayer is so much more than petitioning God in a dance where hopefully, our wishes are granted–that instead, being called into prayer is to be called into a deep and dangerous proposition…(Read More)

Prickly dance of reconciliation

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The two parties walk around each other with a cautious shyness, each afraid of the other’s prickly barbs, both desiring to be closer, but not knowing how in the world to accomplish it without being stuck themselves…(Read More)

A challenge from Paul

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(Epistle from the Commemoration of Elizabeth of Hungary) Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you—so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking. I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of…(Read More)

Pointed Connections

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I once heard Andrew say that humans are the only animals who will look toward the direction that someone points rather than looking at the finger doing the pointing…(Read More)

Koinonia and freedom

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What would it mean instead to create serious community, modeled on the egalitarian life within the Godhead? What would it mean, in other words, if we modeled our koinonia on the koinonia that pulses forever among the Three…(Read More)

Paying Taxes

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The early church walked a fine line between its declaration of challenge to the Roman Empire — the fundamental creed “Jesus is Lord” defies the claim that “Caesar is Lord” — and the church’s wish to avoid active persecution. From Matthew’s perspective, paying the hated tax to the Jupiter temple was not a place to…(Read More)

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