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Advent 1 A: Holy Dissatisfaction

The readings for the First Sunday of Advent are: Old Testament      Isaiah 2:1–5 Psalm                    Psalm 122 New Testament     Romans 13:11–14 Gospel                   Matthew 24:36–44 In his 1843 book, Fear and Trembling, the Danish philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard, criticized … Continue reading

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Pentecost 11 C: God Does Not Play Phone Tag with Our Covid

The lessons for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost are: Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old Testament       Jeremiah 1:4–10 Psalm                    Psalm 71:1–6 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament       Isaiah 58:9b–14 Psalm                    Psalm 103:1–8 … Continue reading

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Epiphany 5 C: The Sting of Ultimate Wokeness

The readings for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany are Old Testament       Isaiah 6:1–8 (9–13) Psalm                    Psalm 138 New Testament      1 Corinthians 15:1–11 Gospel                   Luke 5:1–11 Isaiah and Simon Peter are both stung by wokeness. Their … 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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Pentecost 16B: Teaching through the Pandemic

The readings for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost are: Old Testament      Isaiah 50:4–9a Psalm                    Psalm 116:1–9 New Testament     James 3:1–12 Gospel                   Mark 8:27–38 Teachers in a time of pandemic would be wise to pay close attention … Continue reading

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Trinity B: The Stormy Glory of Embracing Diversity

The readings for this Sunday are: Old Testament      Isaiah 6:1–8 Psalm                    Psalm 29 New Testament     Romans 8:12–17 Gospel                   John 3:1–17 We have heard about George Floyd’s death for a year now, and about the explosion of … Continue reading

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Palm/Passion Sunday B: Meaning Shines Out From Steadfastness

The readings for the Liturgy of the Passion: Old Testament      Isaiah 50:4–9a Psalm                    Psalm 31:9–16 New Testament     Philippians 2:5–11 Gospel                   Mark 14:1–15:47 or Mark 15:1–39 (40–47) Friedrich Nietzsche was a harsh critic of religious belief; but … Continue reading

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Epiphany 5 B: Wait for the Lord, Not Just for the Vaccination

There’s something ancient and eternal here. We are always tempted to modernize the message of the church—to speak in the most fashionable jargon of the philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, or “with it” youth on the streets. But Isaiah, chapters 40-55, makes … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve B: On Them Light Has Shined

The First Reading for Christmas Eve is Isaiah 9:2-7, which starts with this oracle: 2The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. Here … Continue reading

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Advent 3 B: Smiling as Resistance

This Sunday’s Readings Old Testament      Isaiah 61:1–4, 8–11 Psalm                    Psalm 126 or Luke 1:46b–55 New Testament     1 Thessalonians 5:16–24 Gospel                   John 1:6–8, 19–28 My sainted former colleague, Pastor Paul Fuchs, used to jokingly tell of how … Continue reading

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