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On Scripture

Wounded Resurrection: The Body of Christ for the Body of Earth (John 20:19-31)

By William P. Brown The gap continues to widen between liberals and conservatives regarding the distressing reality of climate change. It is perplexing, given that science continues to confirm humanity’s central role in effecting global warming. It is even more perplexing that greater familiarity with science does not guarantee a greater sense of urgency as [Read More...]


Shepherds and Crucified Kings: The Lectionary for Reign of Christ

Jeremiah 23:1-6 What It’s About: Shepherds. But also kings. When Christianity was young, and it was trying to piece together how to think about Jesus (was he God? was he a man? where did he fit in to Jewish texts and traditions?), Christians mined Jewish scriptures for models. They found many places, especially in prophetic texts, [Read More...]

Sarcastic Lutheran

Wounds and Wells; A Sermon on The Samaritan Woman

This is one to listen to if you really want to get the meaning – and also a bonus joke from Stuart  which made everyone crack up during what was otherwise a serious sermon! Click below. Last week I was talking with a friend about the practice of keeping a diary –and I said that, to [Read More...]

The Peripatetic Preacher

Genesis 29:15-28 “What Goes Around…Stories Told for the Fun of It”

( Lectionary for July 30, 2017) It is very hard to read this particular part of the Jacob saga with a straight face. It is overtly hilarious prose, designed to bring forth raucous laughter and wink/nudge common pleasure. It is the ancient equivalent of a modern comedian (or comedienne), who with a slightly raised eyebrow [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

It’s the Second Day of Lent. Why Does This Matter?

Growing up as an evangelical Christian, I experienced Lent as little more than a joke. “What are...

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What God Wants for Your Life

Let us be the Church

  As the news spills out from every corner of the globe and as our capacity as a nation to respond seems to evaporate, I’ve found myself thinking about the church. What is the church? How should the church respond? And why is it that too many Christians seem to be indistinguishable from their political [Read More...]

Living a Holy Adventure

The Adventurous Lectionary – July 30, 2017 – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

The Adventurous Lectionary – July 30, 2017 – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Bruce Epperly Psalm 119:129-136 I Kings 3:5-12 Romans 8:26-39 Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Pentecost is the season of divine revelation. Spirit moves in all things. God’s abundance is strewn everywhere, for all to have, in every time and place and those who are attentive [Read More...]

Edges of Faith

The Appearance of Hope (An #Advent Poem)

The Appearance of Hope (An Advent Poem) Not long after John appeared in the wilderness with sweet locusts on his breath Not long after the expectant crowds churned muddy waves of confession into the Jordan Not long after he baptized Jesus in the cold river on a day overcast with love and thunder Not long [Read More...]