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On Scripture

Hope: The Call to Action (Jeremiah 32:1-3, 6-15)

By Valerie Bridgeman.   “We are obligated to hope.” ~ Bishop Yvette Flunder, The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries and pastor of City of Refuge UCC I have watched with dread as a drama plays out in North Dakota. Thousands of Native Americans and their co-conspirators have taken a stand to try to stop the company, [Read More...]


The Trouble With Money: The Lectionary for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 and/or Amos 6:1a, 4-7 What It’s About: The Jeremiah passage is about a real estate transaction–probably one of the most famous ones in the bible. Jeremiah has an opportunity to buy some family land–that’s what the language of “redemption” is about–and does so. This is perhaps not the best real estate investment strategy, [Read More...]

Sarcastic Lutheran

Glimpses of the kingdom – a Travelogue Sermon

(click above to listen along) I missed you guys. So much. But given my lack of sleep and my lack of presence in the community, much less in this country over the last month I must admit I don’t have a real sermon sermon for you. You might notice that I don’t tend to preach [Read More...]

The Peripatetic Preacher

Jeremiah 31:27-34 “Is YHWH’s New Covenant Bad News or Good News?”

(Lectionary for October 16, 2016) This passage is so rich historically, theologically, and anthropologically that one tiny article can scarce do it any justice. On the historical side, the language of the “new covenant” (Jer 31:31—a delightfully easy verse number to remember!) was borrowed by the collectors of the New Testament who decided that their [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

6 Ways to Save the Soul of American Discourse

The German notion of Zeitgeist or “spirit of the times” was first promulgated as an alternative to the theory that great men and women are the ones who shape our history. There are difficulties with both theories, of course. On the one hand, influential figures can make a dramatic difference.   Witness, for example, the sweeping [Read More...]

Living a Holy Adventure

The Adventurous Lectionary – October 2, 2016 – Pentecost 20

The Adventurous Lectionary – October 2, 2016 – Pentecost 20 Lamentations 3:19-26, Psalm 137, 2 Timothy 1:1-14, Luke 17:5-10 The scriptures this week, in varying degrees, affirm God’s fidelity despite life’s challenges. While today, many people want experiential religion – and this is important – experiential religion needs to be balanced by a vision of [Read More...]

Edges of Faith

The Sacrament of the Church Rummage Sale (A Homily)

Deut. 30:15-20 + Luke 14:25-33 + Year C + Proper 18 In today’s gospel, Jesus tells us that we must give up all our possessions in order to follow him, and in doing so, our Lord institutes the little-known eighth sacrament of the Church – the Sacrament of the Church Rummage Sale. While technically an [Read More...]