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June 18, 2017

God Has the Last Laugh

God Has the Last Laugh

Most people have heard Woody Allen’s famous quip about the best way to make God laugh: just tell Him your plans. But in today’s reading from Genesis we have the reverse situation happening. God tells Sarah His plans, and Sarah laughs. But Sarah’s laugh isn’t a good-natured, happy laugh; it’s a bitter, mocking, sarcastic laugh. […]

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April 23, 2017

The Wound that Heals Us All

The Wound that Heals Us All

In this morning’s Gospel reading we get introduced to Thomas, who becomes doubting Thomas after missing out on Jesus’ coming back from the dead party with the other disciples. For some reason Thomas was absent from their Sunday meeting where the Risen Jesus visited them, perhaps he was justifiably already beginning to lose faith in […]

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January 30, 2017

God Like a Pipe Bomb

God Like a Pipe Bomb

When I first began the ordination process, Paul and I drove about an hour out of town to meet with a minister who interviewed me about why I was interested in ministry and whether or not I was fit for the task. To be fair, it was helpful in that it foreshadowed and prepared me […]

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December 4, 2016

Wondering Where the Lion Is

Wondering Where the Lion Is

The prophet Isaiah gives us a beautiful vision of harmony and peace on this second Sunday of Advent. This passage is sometimes called “The Peaceable Kingdom”, where predators and prey live together in harmony. Wolves and lambs curl up close for a nap, leopards and goats cozy up together, bears and cows share a meal, […]

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September 25, 2016

The Great Chasm

The Great Chasm

Where is the gulf in your life? A place of hopelessness?  A chasm that seems like the grand canyon, two wide and expansive to ever be solved or crossed?  Feelings of pain, un-comfortableness fill this place. We have two reactions to these gulfs- We deny it. We hide from it. We take a different way […]

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August 7, 2016

All American

All American

I love watching the Summer Olympics! My favorites are the women’s gymnastics, the swimming and diving—mainly because I could never do any of that. These men and women are the physical gods of our time, the result of a lifetime of pain and sacrifice, human beings reaching for the divine. In that vein, one Olympic […]

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July 24, 2016

God of the Blue Notes

God of the Blue Notes

In his letter to the church in Colossae, St. Paul warns us not to be taken “captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition…” Instead we are to be “rooted and built up in (Christ) and established in faith.” One of the chief ways that we (the church) have failed to heed Paul’s […]

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July 10, 2016

The Ditch

The Ditch

The red-headed geek was my soccer coach during a camp one really hot summer. We started with practice, and as our 9yr old legs ran towards the ball, we were yelled at it by the geek.  He seemed to yell louder and louder.  In our first game on a super hot July day we fell […]

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May 1, 2016

The God Who Troubled the Waters

The God Who Troubled the Waters

To read the Thornton Wilder story, click here. To read more from the Erica Jong story, click here.

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March 20, 2016

Eat, Pray, Die

Eat, Pray, Die

Ten years ago, Elizabeth Gilbert published her memoir “Eat Pray Love”; it made a stir among a certain set. It chronicled “one woman’s search for everything across Italy, India, and Indonesia”. In an attempt to “find herself”, she presumably ate in Italy, prayed in India, and loved in Indonesia. When Julia Roberts starred in the […]

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