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On Scripture

In God’s Hands (Jeremiah 18:1-11)

By Mihee Kim-Kort.   We are living in a world with no shortage of trauma each day. From floods to tsunamis, victims of gun violence and terror, refugees seeking to preserve their lives only to find themselves caught in wars and waves, we are constantly bombarded with the reminders of a relentless suffering experienced by [Read More...]


The Habits of Potters: The Lectionary for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 18:1-11 and/or Deuteronomy 30:15-20 What It’s About: Both of these texts are extended if…then statements. An if…then statement is one where the second part is only true if the first part is true. The Jeremiah and Deuteronomy passages are quite similar in that they both have God setting out conditions for the future. If you turn [Read More...]

Sarcastic Lutheran

A Sermon on Shame and the Bent-Backed Woman

  Click above to listen along. If you can’t see the audio player above, click here to listen to the audio.  If you follow the HBO show Game of Thrones you know that there are a lot of very disturbing and violent things that transpire on the show. But for me, the most disturbing was [Read More...]

The Peripatetic Preacher

Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 “Just How Can You Know What God is Doing?”

 (Lectionary for October 9, 2016) Chapters 28 and 29 of the long book of Jeremiah raise two crucial questions for all believers in the existence and activity of God: how can one understand what that God wants, and what exactly is it that God is doing? The scenario of this story is memorable and classic [Read More...]

Knack for Noticing

The Green-Eyed Monster

I have a nice blend-in alto voice that makes a pleasant contribution to our church choir. A woman I’ll call Peggy has a gorgeous soprano voice and is often asked to sing solos. We don’t really look alike, except that we have the same color and length of hair. A few weeks ago as I [Read More...]

Mark Roberts

How to Build the Perfect Team

I just read a fascinating article in the New York Times Magazine, something I’d recommend to...

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What God Wants for Your Life

Spirituality and Leadership in the Shadow of Chaos

It is hard to remember how much idealism was thread through celebrations of the new millennium when you look back on it now. The palpable sense of tension, anxiety, conflict, and – in a word – chaos, seems to be thread through the global psyche. A recent Wall Street Journal article notes that W. B. [Read More...]

Living a Holy Adventure

The Adventurous Lectionary – September 4, 2016 – Pentecost 16

The Adventurous Lectionary – September 4, 2016 – Pentecost 16 Jeremiah 18:1-11 Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 Philemon 1:1-21 Luke 14:25-33 Today’s readings are challenging to our theology as well as our economics and socially-accepted values. No preacher can feel entirely comfortable reading, writing, or preaching these texts. Jeremiah’s vision of the divine potter has done a [Read More...]

Edges of Faith

Liberation Keeps the Sabbath Holy (A Homily)

As a former high school and collegiate track athlete, I have been joyously immersed in the Olympics this week, watching and re-watching historic performances from sprinters like Usain Bolt in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes and like Wayde van Niekerek who shattered the world record in the 400-meter dash. But as I watched these races [Read More...]