Seeing Spiritually
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Seeing Spiritually

DAY OF PENTECOST JUNE 9, 2019 ROMANS 8: 14-17 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit...

The Humanity of Being Human
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The Humanity of Being Human

This is my third opportunity to preach, and to be completely honest with you – I haven’t been terribly thrilled about any of the gospel passages I’ve gotten to work with yet! First, I was given the beheading of John the Baptist. O joy. Then, there was John’s Bread of Life discourse… which is fantastic,...

We’re Getting Past All That…
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We’re Getting Past All That…

MARK 9: 38-50 “Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.” “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for...

Unless You Become Like Little Children
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Unless You Become Like Little Children

The Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost MARK 9: 30-37 They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and...

His Stories and Our Stories
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His Stories and Our Stories

The Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost MARK 8: 27-38 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked....

Everything I Need To Know About Church I Learned From the Steelers
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Everything I Need To Know About Church I Learned From the Steelers

MARK 7:24-37 Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and...

The Interview
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The Interview

Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost September 2, 2018 MARK 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23 The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat...

What does it mean to eat this flesh?
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What does it mean to eat this flesh?

How many of you have a morning routine?
For almost forty years, i have had my morning routine. I get up earlier than anyone else in the house. I putz around for a little while, check my email and the news. Fix my breakfast, and then go out to the front yard and get the morning newspaper.