2nd Sunday after Pentecost

  Pentecost 2.18 “Made For You” Mark 2:23-3:6 It seems like something that hardly concerns modern people like us, this Gospel where they’re fussing at Jesus for picking grain on the Sabbath day, for healing a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath. Because we’re past

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Holy Trinity Sunday

  S. Holy Trinity.18 “Holy Trinity!” John 3:1-17 We waited for it. Not always patiently, but eagerly, we waited. And finally, today, it’s here: the Athanasian Creed! Holy Trinity, Batman! I like it. I like it a lot. Like a cake between services Sunday (which this also

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Pentecost

Pentecost.18 “The Who and the What of the Spirit” John 15:26-27; 16:4-15 On the Day of Pentecost, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. But there is much confusion in the modern church as to who the Holy Spirit is, and what exactly it is that

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Ascension Day (Observed)

Ascension Day (Observed).18 “Ascension” Acts 1:1-11, Luke 24:44-53 So… my question (and there could be lots of questions regarding the Ascension of our Lord!) is this: “how is it the Apostles return to Jerusalem with great joy, continually in the temple worshiping?” Because, taken at face value,

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6th Sunday of Easter

Easter 6.18 “What He Actually Commands…” John 15:9-17 St. Paul says that Christianity is a scandal to the Jews and folly to the Greeks (I Cor. 1:23). Jesus promises His Apostles they will be hated by all nations for His Name’s sake (Matt. 24:9). And don’t you

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5th Sunday Easter

Easter 5.18 “Without Me…” John 15:1-8 There is a wonderful scene in the not always wonderful cartoon “Archer” (I only know about “Archer” because of the church council’s observation that I’m often overspent on my book allowance and might try television to keep costs down. Because hey:

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4th Sunday of Easter

  Easter 4.18 “Power” John 10:11-18 In our Gospel today we often focus on the Good Shepherd picture Jesus paints and sing lovely hymns about sheep safely grazing, green fields, quiet waters, etc. I think that’s what I’m supposed to preach about. But, to be quite honest,

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3rd Sunday Easter

Easter 3.18 “On Opening Closed Doors” Luke 24:36-49 “And He opened their minds, that they might comprehend the Scriptures” And we go “Well, why didn’t Jesus do that like Day One?!” Wouldn’t that have made this whole thing go better, smoother, more successfully?! By the way, the

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2nd Sunday Easter

Easter 2.18 “How The Conversation Goes” John 20:19-31 So we ended on a bit of a cliff-hanger last week: just after dawn on Easter Sunday, the women met an angel at the empty tomb who told them: “Mr Jesus? He’s not here right now, but He’ll catch

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Easter Sunday

Easter.18 “Amazed and Afraid” Mark 16:1-8 How does the Easter Gospel strike you? What should we say about it? This is one of those “Duh!” questions that no one asks because it seems obvious, right? I’m supposed to say “Christ is Risen!” and you respond: “He is

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