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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...]

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...]

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

Two White-Robed Strangers

(Lectionary for May 28, 2017) Here we are at the last Sunday before Pentecost, and the lectionary really gives us a couple of shots at Acts 1. May 25, a Thursday this year, presents us with the story of the Ascension of the Lord, that space age view of Jesus, after his resurrection, floating up [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

People are just no damn good*

The world is divided into two camps by the answer to this question: Is human failing finally tragic or therapeutic?** If one omits the adverb, “finally,” of course, it is possible to believe that both the tragic and therapeutic provide windows into human behavior. One can believe that human failing is often tragic without excluding [Read More...]

Living a Holy Adventure

The Adventurous Lectionary – Ascension Sunday – May 28, 2017

The Adventurous Lectionary – Ascension Sunday – May 28, 2017 Bruce G. Epperly Acts 1:6-14 Psalm I Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11 John 17:1-11 Can we be both heavenly minded and earthly good? Can we have an eternal perspective, embracing the afterlife and also be committed to bringing beauty and justice to our earthly lives? Today’s readings [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...]