Re-framing Blessedness

Matthew 5:1-12 How do you greet people? How do people greet you? It depends on where you live, of course. In Hawai’i, someone might approach you and say: How’s it? In Philly and South Jersey, I hear this a lot: How YOU doin’? Or, this: Whazzup? or What’s up, yo? Or the really short version: […]

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Still Speaking and Water Still Flowing

Matthew 3:13-17 Baptism stories are always fun to tell because if you think about it, what is stranger, funnier, or more awkward than dressing up someone in white clothes, sprinkling water on his/her head and rubbing it into his/her hair while people stare? Or, if you come from another tradition, what is odder than dunking […]

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Light Anytime, Anywhere…in Anybody!

Matthew 2:1-12 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men[a] from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising,[b] and have come to pay him homage.” 3 When King Herod […]

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There’s Always Time for Mercy

Luke 13:1-9  An assumption: bad things happen to bad people; good things happen to good people. If a piano falls on your head, you probably did something to deserve it. If you win the lottery, you must have been some sort of angel or amazingly kind. Reward and punishment. Judgment eclipses mercy. Simple cause and […]

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Bill Cosby Is RIGHT!

Genesis 6:5-22       Right?! Yes, that is the famous comedian, Bill Cosby, doing one of his earliest and most well-known routines, Noah. That was part one of his routine which portrays the Genesis story in a more honest way. And for those of you who did not get the Candid Camera reference [very old school], just […]

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Get Your Sabbath On

Genesis 1:26-2:4:  Down-to-Earth Resting  Unplug the television And make way for an old vision Which will now be a new vision Yes Headliner, lay the foundation Dig your hands in the dirt That’s right Children play with earth Gain knowledge of the big But small earth around you Dig your hands into the dirt The […]

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