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Sunday Message for Easter, 17 April 2022: “Celebrate Life”

God bless you on this wonderful Easter morning, the most joyous of all Christian holy days. Easter elevates life over death and hope over despair. Jesus’ rising demonstrates how love and light surpass hate and darkness. Easter is a reminder that death is not the final word. Through the...
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Sunday Message for 10 April 2022 (Palm Sunday): “Welcome Jesus”

Share in the joys of Palm Sunday, a time of welcoming Jesus. Today celebrates not only Jesus’ historic donkey ride through Jerusalem’s gate but also the promise of God’s entrance into your life. Jesus’ ride into the ancient capital city of Israel encouraged his widely enthusiastic supporters. Those ancient...
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Sunday Message for 3 April 2022: “Beyond Privilege”

Today’s message concerns Paul reinterpreting his elitist background (Philippians 3:4-14). Paul summarized his impressive Jewishness and high social status, including what today might be called an upper-middleclass ivy-league education, nestled in a strict and privileged religiosity. Paul placed himself in perspective, writing that his previous persona was a loss...
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Sunday Message for 27 March 2022: “Returning Home”

Today’s message discusses the prodigal son (Luke 15:1-3,11b-32), a story of how a person who’s made terrible choices can be restored. The setting involves a father and his two sons, one older and loyal and the other younger and rebellious. The younger brother demanded and received a share of...
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Sunday Message for 20 March 2022: “Stuff Happens”

Stuff happens. Terrible things occur all the time and our species has an insatiable appetite for asking why. For better or for worse, there’s no single, satisfying answer. The human condition is fraught with peril and punishment, calamity and consequences. Disease, persecution and perplexing problems plague humanity. We needn’t...
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Sunday Message for 13 March 2022: “Beyond Ethnicity”

What does it mean to transcend ethnic boundaries? This question underscores today’s lectionary message from Philippians 3:17 – 4:1. Consider the Old Testament, where God is portrayed as choosing the Jews as the exclusive group with whom to forge a sacred covenant. This promise of divine favoritism and preferential...
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Sunday Message for 6 March 2022: “Transforming Lent”

Welcome to Lent, a period of forty days historically practiced as a time of arduous examination leading up to Easter. Today’s lectionary reading (Luke 4: 1-13) provides a basis for Lent, reflecting Jesus’ forty days of suffering in the wilderness amid Satan’s testing. We’re not chasing Jesus in the...
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Sunday Message for 27 February 2022: “Beyond the Facade”

Welcome to Transfiguration Sunday, a time to consider God’s fantabulous, transforming power. The evocative word transfiguration describes how Jesus revealed his ultimate core of spiritual energy. This Sunday’s lectionary reading describes the transfiguration from Luke’s perspective and there’s a similar version in Matthew 17:1-9. The transfiguration story began as...
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