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October 15, 2017

What Is Secularism? (And How Do We Survive It?)

What Is Secularism? (And How Do We Survive It?)

This is Part One of our Adult Ed series on Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age, and James K.A. Smith’s primer on the subject, How (Not) To Be Secular.

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October 15, 2017

Replacement Religion

Replacement Religion

To read the quote from David Dark’s Life’s Too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious, click here. And to read the New York Times article about anxiety amongst American teenagers, click here.

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October 8, 2017

High Lonesome

High Lonesome

Today we have the Ten Commandments in Exodus and it seemed fitting to me to take a look at how these commandments have haunted us for all of our lives. You may think that this is the distant past, an archaic relic of ancient Israel, but I have found that the Law of God is […]

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October 1, 2017

On Our Side

On Our Side

I’ve had Neil Young’s song from 1969 “Down by the River” stuck in my head all week. It’s a beautiful song about a man whose girl sends him over the moon, she drives him mad with love and yet he sits there all alone. Because something has gone very wrong. The song doesn’t mention what […]

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September 24, 2017

The God Who Walks the Walk

The God Who Walks the Walk

Jesus must have really enjoyed telling this one. You definitely would have wanted Jesus at your dinner party. Not only would you not have to worry about running out of wine, you could count on Him to tell great stories. This morning’s story is a doozy. A vineyard owner goes out bright and early to […]

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September 17, 2017

The Balance Sheet

The Balance Sheet

To read the story about burn victims, hypnosis and forgiveness, go here. Some parts of the sermon were incorporated into this article on “Accidental Killers and Cities of Refuge”.

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September 10, 2017

Agape Refuses the Process

Agape Refuses the Process

In our epistle reading today, St. Paul echoes Jesus’ discussion about love and the law. He says that the love fulfills the law and that all the commandments are summed up in “love your neighbor as yourself.” Like Jesus, Paul says, “love one another.”  What does it mean to love one another? St. Paul isn’t […]

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September 3, 2017

God Only Knows What I’d Be Without You

God Only Knows What I'd Be Without You

This is the one. This is the sermon where I show up and prove that I don’t know what I am doing. This is where it becomes apparent that there has been a mistake- a colossal mistake in letting me into seminary, allowing me to do an internship, slipping up by ordaining me and then […]

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August 27, 2017

He Shall Overcome

He Shall Overcome

When I was in seminary we all had to walk through a pretty dramatic entrance on our way to class everyday. Through heavy wood and bronze doors, quickly down a flight of stairs and under these big stone ceiling braces. On one of these big beams or braces, the words of Romans 12 were etched […]

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August 20, 2017

Nevertheless She Persisted

Nevertheless She Persisted

To read the Messenger article quoted in the sermon, click here. For more of the sources on the Charlottesville aftermath DZ drew upon, click here.

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