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On Scripture

Voices in the Wilderness (Matthew 3:1-12)

By Shively Smith.   The impact of the #SayHerName Movement cannot be overstated. This is a campaign that gives voice to “black women’s experiences of profiling and policing,” setting the names and death-taking stories of women, like Sandra Bland and Meagan Hockaday, alongside the names and stories of black males like Trayvon Martin and Michael [Read More...]

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Lectio

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...]

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Sarcastic Lutheran

You Know What Sounds Awesome About Now? A Good, Juicy Apocalypse: An Advent Sermon

Ah, here it is, the first Sunday of Advent – and you know what sounds awesome about now, is a good juicy apocalypse. Because what the hell has 2016 been if not apocalyptic? And I mean that quite literally since Greek for un– is apo and the Greek for cover is kalupten. Apocalypse literally means [Read More...]

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The Peripatetic Preacher

A Right Messy Text!

 (Lectionary for December 18, 2016) I have long found it nothing less than peculiar that this particular text has become the stuff of biblical legend. The text itself is a very odd, pseudo-historical mishmash, the subject of vast scholarly commentary, furious denominational debate, and the cause of more than a few trials for heresy! A [Read More...]

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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...]

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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

The Bunkum of “Biblical Creation”

From the vantage point of exegetical scholarship, one of the most troubling phrases in the debate with creationists is the phrase, “biblical creation.”  It appears over and over again in the literature on the subject, as the articles here at “Righting America” attest, and if you Google “biblical creation” in just .57 seconds the internet [Read More...]

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Living a Holy Adventure

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday of Advent – December 11, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Healing the World – Third Sunday in Advent – December 11. 2016 Isaiah 35:1-10 Luke 1:46b-55 James 5:7-10 Matthew 2:1-11 Advent is a time for hopeful transformation. Creation and humankind lean toward wholeness; creation groans and so do we. We imagine a new age – an age of Shalom – despite [Read More...]

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Edges of Faith

Practicing Advent: A Guide for Parents and Families

Reclaim the Gifts of Advent. Cultivate Empathy and Kindness as forms of Hope and Patience. Fight Back Against Current Traditions of Fear and Consumerism. Advent Calendars, traditional and digital Traditional Advent calendars, featuring small chocolates or treats like tiny Lego constructions for each day, have long been favorites for this season. There are all sorts [Read More...]

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