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A Vulnerable Heart 09/23/18 (Proper 20B)

A Vulnerable Heart 09/23/18 (Proper 20B)

The way to welcome God is to welcome the most vulnerable in society – specifically, in this illustration, children. Throughout the Gospel, both before and after this episode, we will hear of the other vulnerable ones we are meant to embrace: the sick, the dying, the poor, the socially unacceptable and ritually impure, the outsider, the foreigner, the refugee.

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Peter’s Confession 09/16/18 (Proper 19B)

Peter’s Confession 09/16/18 (Proper 19B)

To us, more than 20 centuries later, Peter’s confession is spot-on. It makes perfect sense. But that is only because we know how the story turns out. Back then, however, Peter really had no reason to call Jesus Messiah, or Christ. It’s not a terrible stretch to argue that Jesus has demonstrated that he walks in the lines of the prophets, but he definitely hasn’t done anything that would suggest that he’s the long-awaited Messiah.

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Going the Distance 09/09/18 (Proper 18B)

Going the Distance 09/09/18 (Proper 18B)

We might expect Jesus to promptly consent to heal the woman’s daughter. After all, that’s what he’s been doing for the last 6 chapters – taking care of people in need! But no. Maybe he’s tired from that long walk. Or he’s grumpy from not getting enough to eat. Or he’s still worn out from all of the ministry he’d been doing before he got to Tyre and is frustrated that he still hasn’t had a moment of quiet all to himself. Maybe the disciples wouldn’t stop talking or arguing or singing as they walked all those miles and he has a headache. Or maybe he is, like Alexander in the children’s story, just having a “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.” We don’t know why, we just know what: he says to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.”

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The Unpardonable Sin? 06/10/18 (Proper 5B)

The Unpardonable Sin? 06/10/18 (Proper 5B)

It’s a sad fact of life that sometimes people suffer and then die from their sicknesses. Even Jesus’ friend Lazarus died. And just as sometimes people die from physical illness, so too do people sometimes die from mental illness. Just as modern medicine can’t always cure physical disease, so too it can’t always cure diseases of the mind and spirit. So once again I remind us: never once does Jesus condemn those who are beyond healing in this life to an eternal life of suffering, of being beyond God’s reach.

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The Gift of Sabbath 06/03/18 (Proper 4B)

The Gift of Sabbath 06/03/18 (Proper 4B)

These are interesting stories, but what do they have to do with us? What are we twenty-first century progressive-leaning Christians to make of the sabbath?

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Speaking of God 05/27/18 (Trinity B)

Speaking of God 05/27/18 (Trinity B)

It’s Trinity Sunday, so we might as well begin with ancient church father St. Augustine’s unforgettable echo of the insight of earlier Greek theologians. Si comprehendis, non est Deus: if you have understood, then what you have understood is not God.

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From Ashes to Fire 05/20/18 (Pentecost B)

From Ashes to Fire 05/20/18 (Pentecost B)

From Ashes to Fire Text: Acts 2:1-21 Rev. Heather M. Hinton May 20, 2018 ~ Pentecost (Year B)   Here’s a quote I came across this week as I did my research for this sermon: “Christmas without Easter is stupid. Easter without Pentecost is pointless.” [1] Let me explain. A baby was born 2000 years […]

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Still Blessing 05/13/18 (Ascension Day)

Still Blessing 05/13/18 (Ascension Day)

Ascension Day is a festival day in Christian tradition. After all, Jesus has ascended to the Father, where he will rule in grace and truth, and that is good news for us and for the world. But I wonder if the disciples could possibly have felt joy in those moments when he spoke of his final departure, and in those moments when he was lifted up to heaven on a cloud.

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“I Have Called You Friends” 05/06/18 (Easter 6B)

“I Have Called You Friends” 05/06/18 (Easter 6B)

This is love: a relationship not of master-servant or teacher-student, but of mutual care and concern: friendship. “I have set you an example,” Jesus says. “Wash one another’s feet.”

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Connected in Christ 04/15/18 (Easter 3B)

Connected in Christ 04/15/18 (Easter 3B)

It’s all connected: the rivers, the beavers, the trees, the deer, the wolves, and the people. And when one element is missing, the whole system suffers. When one element is too prevalent, the whole system suffers. It’s all part of one big ecosystem where every piece affects every other piece.

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