Monthly Archives: June 2015

Naming Our Difficulties

February 1, 2015: 4th Sunday after the Epiphany Deuteronomy 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28 The Gospel of Mark has often been called the secret gospel because nearly every time Jesus heals someone, or reveals to his disciples some important … Continue reading

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Jonah: How Not to Follow God

January 25, 2015: 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany Jonah 3:1-5, 10; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20 Today I want to focus on the book of Jonah because it is one of the unique books of the Bible. It’s different. If … Continue reading

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Following God in Righteousness

January 18, 2015: 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany 1 Samuel 3:1-20; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51 The main international news story for the last few weeks has been about the terrorist attacks on the French comedy magazine, Charlie Hebdo, where … Continue reading

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When the Spirit Comes

January 11, 2015: Baptism of the Lord: 1st Sunday after the Epiphany Genesis 1:1-5; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11 The Holy Spirit is part of the symbol of our Methodist denomination. The cross stands for Jesus, and the flame stands for … Continue reading

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The Outrageous Revelation of Salvation

January 4, 2015: Epiphany Sunday Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12 In our church we usually read just two scriptures. And in some ways that’s good because often you have two scriptures in the lectionary that relate closely to each … Continue reading

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The Old Seeing the New

December 28, 2014: 1st Sunday after Christmas Day Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-40 This story of Jesus being brought to the temple for his presentation is one of the few Gospel stories that we have about Jesus as a … Continue reading

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A Blue Christmas

December 7, 2014: 2nd Sunday of Advent Isaiah 40:1–11; 2 Peter 3:8–15a; Mark 1:1–8 Today I want to talk about something that is making its way back into our Advent season: the traditional ceremony called the Longest Night Service, or … Continue reading

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