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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The Busboy

The main character in our story today from the book of Acts is Stephen. Stephen, as many of you know, is known far and wide as the first Christian martyr. I don’t know that anyone in Stephen’s day would have labeled him as such, because Christianity had not yet emerged from the cradle of Judaism. […]

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I wonder … were any of you feeling slightly uncomfortable as the first lesson was read this morning? In modern times, especially since World War II when over 6 million Jews and others were massacred, this text has given many people cause to reject Christianity. It was … of course … used by many “good” […]

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We Had Hoped

A lot happens in gardens this time of year. Even back in my native Minnesota the persistent snows of winter, which often cover the ground well into April, begin to melt away … and life giving refreshment begins to trickle down into the waiting earth below. Seeds, receiving the long anticipated moisture, swell as if […]

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The Healing Model

Today, before I talk about The Woman at the Well in Samaria I want to talk about The Man in the Maine Woods. Back in the late 1980’s a twenty year old man named walked off the job one day. He left his tools behind, got in his car and started driving. He had always […]

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Beyond the Daily News

I’ve got an iPhone which means I have APPs and feeds and notifications and all sorts of other things that I can’t seem to control. Every time there is a software update there seems to be a new layer of entertainment or information that I have to opt out of before I can get the […]

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Christmas and Mud

And now, now it’s time to close the door on the Season of Advent and knock on the door of Christmas. What causes that Christmas door to open for you?  For me, the door to the sacred space-time of Christmas is unlocked by stories. The best story of all, of course, is the one […]

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Pesky Prophets

Paul Piff: Does money make you mean? Nick Hanauer: Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming …What are we going to do with John this morning? He’s a real thorn in our side today. He’s preaching judgement which is not very welcoming. Grace is welcoming; judgement isn’t so friendly. What to do? Should we take […]

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