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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Scandalous Grace

There’s a good reason why the religious elite of Jesus day regarded his teachings as scandalous. Their teachings had lost the spirit of freedom in the knowledge of God’s steadfast love. Shackles of pietistic observances and a raft of religious rules replaced the kind of delight in the way of the Lord that King David […]

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We are Lifeguards

It was the fourth watch of the night …the time between 3 o’clock and 6 o’clock in the morning according to the Roman and Israelite … the time when we lift our heads up off the comfy pillow, look at the clock, and decide to sleep for another two hours…

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Giving Yourself Away

Growing up as the only Jewish boy in Sheridan, Wyoming presented its own set of unique consequences for Max Wachtel. One of them was learning how to keep a low profile in the schoolyard. As you can well imagine Max experienced his share of uncomfortable moments in the classroom, but the playground was even worse. […]

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When We are Sent

Prayer is a dangerous thing… I find it a bit humorous, or at least ironic, that the disciples prayed for workers to be sent into the harvest fields only to find out that they were praying for themselves and didn’t know it. They were the ones Jesus wanted to send. Sometimes the answer to our […]

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Bandanas and God

Today is the celebration of The Pentecost. It’s what we might call a Transition Holiday because it is the day that the early believers in Jesus Christ began to make the transition from being Jewish to being Christian. In fact, Pentecost began and still is a Jewish holiday as well as a Christian holiday. In […]

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