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Forgiveness
April 16, 2017

A Case of Mistaken Identity

A Case of Mistaken Identity

Welcome to Easter Day! No matter who you are or where you’ve come from, we are so glad you’re here. 10 or so years ago, just after we returned to Christ Church from being away in Birmingham, I greeted a young couple at the back of the church one Easter Sunday morning. They had moved […]

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April 10, 2016

To Be Raked Over The Coals

To Be Raked Over The Coals

I discovered a Twitter account called, Church Curmudgeon and found some really hilarious ones.  Well, laughs for this cradle Episcopalian with a weak sense of humor! We hired an organist from the local baseball team. The best part was getting a seventh inning stretch 2/3 of the way through the sermon. If your Easter sermon […]

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December 13, 2015

Are You Here?

Are You Here?

December is a time when you’re driving along and suddenly you realize that you missed your street. Or you’re reading and you have to reread again and again because you’re thinking about your Christmas list or maybe who will show up at Christmas dinner this year. Or maybe you’re listening to a sermon like this […]

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November 15, 2015

All Is Forgiven

All Is Forgiven

In an interview on TV a few years ago, U2 lead singer Bono was asked about his Christian faith. The interviewer was trying to make it sound like Bono was just being counter cultural by openly professing his belief in Jesus Christ. But Bono simply answered that “Other people can believe what they want; I […]

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September 6, 2015

Mixed-Upedness

Mixed-Upedness

Our gospel in Mark could be called ‘an odd little chapter of healings.’ If you look it up in any commentaries, you will find passionately differing opinions on what is going on here. The main reason for the controversy is that Jesus calls a foreign woman a ‘dog’—and it seems shocking, not very Jesus like. […]

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August 30, 2015

The Gospel of Blame Shifting

The Gospel of Blame Shifting

Woody Allen once said, “My one regret in life is that I am not someone else.” Allen is on to the same thing that Jesus says in this morning’s gospel reading. In response to the Pharisees, he delivers perhaps his most revolutionary insight into human nature. It might be summed up like this. He is […]

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August 9, 2015

Communion, Birthday Cakes, and Gospel

Communion, Birthday Cakes, and Gospel

We saw Garrison Keillor last night at the Pavilion. He opened the show with a story about the rationale for his summer tour. It turns out his family had invited him to go camping. They explained to Keillor that it is through nature that they felt the presence of God…Garrison explained that it is in […]

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May 24, 2015

Handle Me with Care

Handle Me with Care

Last week I heard an interview with Adrienne Haslet-Davis, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing. She was a ballroom dancer; she lost her leg in the bombing. Anderson Cooper spoke to after the judge pronounced the death sentence for the bomber. Ms. Haslet-Davis was an outspoken advocate for the death penalty in this case.  […]

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April 27, 2015

Jesus Dropped the Charges

Jesus Dropped the Charges

To read the Brigid Schulte interview Dave mentioned, read it here. To read more about the suicide epidemic, read it here. And then there’s this:

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January 25, 2015

Forgiveness: A Whale of a Big Deal

Forgiveness: A Whale of a Big Deal

A few years ago, my wife Ashley read Moby Dick, and we were in New England at the time, and she ergo we, became obsessed with whales.  We watched a video about the Essex, the ship that Melville’s book was based upon, we read whale books to our children and toured the whaling museum in […]

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