Finding Jesus

We love proof. We want empirical evidence . . . things we can see, touch, feel . . . things we can measure or to which mathematical theorems apply. The standard operating principle for many seems to be: prove it to me and I’ll buy into it. Faith is not like that. Faith is as […]

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Be the Light

We welcome Rev. Jim Stern as our guest minister today. Rev. Jim preaches without a script. Please take just a few minutes to listen to today’s message.

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Both Sides of the TEKNON Coin

Luke 24:36b-48         36bJesus himself stood among [the disciples] and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39Look at my hands and my feet; see that […]

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The Business of Religion

Jesus made a lot of people very unhappy that day in the temple. If there had been a 911 emergency call system back then mall security would have had the local police there in minutes. Jesus most likely would have been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, assault, cruelty to animals and destruction of property. […]

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Four Minutes…

Four minutes … all it took was four minutes for the lives of seventeen people to be taken; the lives of seventeen families to be devastated; and the sense of safety and security for students, teachers, administrators, friends, siblings, parents and entire communities all around this country to be shattered once again … four minutes. […]

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Sharing God’s Love

People sometimes refer to the church building as God’s house and to members of the congregation as the family of God. Jews understood the temple in Jerusalem in much the same way. Despite God’s protests that God never asked anyone to build a “house of cedar” the temple became the center of their religious practice. […]

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Ashes are just Garlands in the Making

My Disclaimer for preaching this morning begins with the fact that we’ve already met up with John the Baptist this Advent Season. So, I’m not going to reference the reading from John much today. I will say at the outset though that there is one particular point of intersection between the Gospel and the lesson. […]

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Tearing Down Walls

What are we to make of this parable that has become the darling of all year-end stewardship campaigns? Is it really about investing our time, talents and wealth boldly in the Kingdom of God so we don’t find ourselves in an overheated oven for all eternity? Theologian and author Robert Farrar Capon  does include today’s […]

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The Tale of Two Churches

In today’s readings neither Paul nor Matthew shy away from strong  emotions and conflict. Writing from prison, Paul calls the church he planted in Philippi, Macedonia his “joy and crown.” But, as we read on we clearly sense that something in the Philippian worshipping community causes him irritation and perhaps pain as well. Likewise, Jesus’ […]

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