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On Scripture

From a Tree to a Throne: The Story of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10)

By Johnny Ramirez-Johnson. How would you feel today if you discovered that the credit card and bank account with all the fees involved you have been paying for some time, after all, was not opened by your spouse, it was a fraud committed by employees of Wells Fargo Bank? Experiencing being taken advantage of is [Read More...]


Collaboration and Destruction: The Lectionary for the 24th Sunday after Pentecost

Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4 and/or Isaiah 1:10-18 What It’s About: These passages are both from the inaugural portions of the the books, where the prophets Habakkuk and Isaiah are setting the tone and agenda for their oracles. In both cases there is a strong emphasis on the plight of the weak and the disadvantaged, and on the wickedness [Read More...]

Sarcastic Lutheran

Comparing Ourselves to Others; A Sermon on Pride, Despair and Scapegoats

(click above to listen along) Jesus also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt My mom likes to tell the story about when I was in Kindergarten and our next door neighbors were a young African American family with a daughter my own age [Read More...]

The Peripatetic Preacher

Living in Faithfulness

  (Lectionary for October 30, 2016) The small book of Habakkuk throws up an unusual number of textual and contextual difficulties. The received Hebrew text is peculiarly thorny, riddled with grammatical and syntactical conundrums able to keep scholars busy at their desks and computers long into the night. Arguments abound concerning the date of the [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

Three Ways to Navigate Anniversaries of Loss

  In a world of people that are regularly divided into “the glass is half empty” and “the glass is half full” kinds of people, I tend to be one of those people who is inclined to say, “Look, it’s 4 ounces, no matter how you look at it.” Part of that reaction is professional [Read More...]

Living a Holy Adventure

The Adventurous Lectionary – October 23, 2016 – October 23, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost – October 23, 2016 Joel 2:22-32; Psalm 65; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14 God have mercy! This is the beginning and end of the spiritual journey. The tax collector’s prayer alerts us to the dynamic interdependence of life. There are no self-made persons. No one can [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...]