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Advent 3 C: The Ideal of Ordinary in These Extraordinary Times

The readings for the Third Sunday of Advent are Old Testament      Zephaniah 3:14–20 Psalm                    Isaiah 12:2–6 New Testament     Philippians 4:4–7 Gospel                   Luke 3:7–18 We might think these extraordinary pandemic times call for extraordinary people. We might … Continue reading

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Advent 2 C: Omicron as Refining Fire

The readings for this Second Sunday of Advent are Old Testament      Malachi 3:1–4 Psalm                    Luke 1:68–79 New Testament     Philippians 1:3–11 Gospel                   Luke 3:1–6 This past week a wave of panic has swept the globe. We know … Continue reading

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“It’s Life!” Happy New Sheep Year!

Do you want a hint about the secret to hopefulness in dismal, pandemic times? Talk to a shepherd or a shepherd’s family looking forward to lambing time. They may anticipate days or even weeks of hard work and sleepless days … Continue reading

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Advent 1 C: Heads-up Christianity

The lessons for the First Sunday of Advent are: Old Testament      Jeremiah 33:14–16 Psalm                    Psalm 25:1–10 New Testament     1 Thessalonians 3:9–13 Gospel                   Luke 21:25–36 Today I had yet another conversation about yet another person quitting their … Continue reading

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Christ the King B: “You’re Gonna Have to Serve Somebody”

The lessons for Christ the King, year B, are: Old Testament       Daniel 7:9–10, 13–14 Psalm                    Psalm 93 New Testament      Revelation 1:4b–8 Gospel                   John 18:33–37 Bob Dylan published a song in 1979, during the peak years of … Continue reading

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Pentecost 25 B: Beyond Dystopia

The readings for this 25th Sunday after Pentecost are: Old Testament      Daniel 12:1–3 Psalm                    Psalm 16 New Testament     Hebrews 10:11–14 (15–18) 19–25 Gospel                   Mark 13:1–8 Christians have a wondrous asset to share with the world. It … Continue reading

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Pentecost 23 B: The Cost of Love

The readings for the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost are Old Testament      Deuteronomy 6:1–9 Psalm                    Psalm 119:1–8 New Testament     Hebrews 9:11–14 Gospel                   Mark 12:28–34 October 31 is Reformation Sunday. Though many congregations of many denominations do not … Continue reading

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Pentecost 22 B: Daily Resurrection and the Plague

The readings for the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost are Old Testament      Jeremiah 31:7–9 Psalm                    Psalm 126 New Testament     Hebrews 7:23–28 Gospel                   Mark 10:46–52 I resolve to recite to myself the last three verses of Psalm 126 … Continue reading

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Pentecost 21B: Disarm with Subservience

The readings for the 21st Sunday after Pentecost are: Old Testament       Isaiah 53:4–12 Psalm                    Psalm 91:9–16 New Testament      Hebrews 5:1–10 Gospel                   Mark 10:35–45 Years ago I heard a young woman describe a tense encounter she had … Continue reading

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Emergence of Winter Wheat

Martin Luther was smart enough to remember what we all forget. Every day we forget how great life can be if we live to the potential God has built into us. Sadder still, we forget how much God does to … Continue reading

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