Unbinding to Be Alive

John 11:1-45 Now look, I don’t know if you watch The Walking Dead on television or if you’re into zombie movies like Night of the Living Dead, REC, Dawn of the Dead, World War Z, or 28 Days Later. I am not sure if the idea of a once-dead human being rising from death to […]

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Good Friday Reflection

Matthew 27:46: And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” God…where are you? God…are you on vacation? Did you take a break? God…where are you? This is the question posed in both Matthew and Mark’s Gospel telling of […]

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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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There’s Got to be Another Way!

Luke 13:31-35 Let’s do something different. Bear with me here. Go back in your memory to a specific date, time of day, place, and an event in which you saw the symbol of the cross. Stand in that place. What do you see? What do you hear? Be specific. Pay attention to what you are […]

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A Trusting Identity: We Are a People of Continuing Testament

Luke 4:1-13      These 40 days of Lent is a time to reflect on identity. Who am I? Who is God? Who is my neighbor? Who are we? Whenever we look deeply at our own identity, if we are open, we can even surprise ourselves. We can find out something new that we didn’t recognize before. […]

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The Start of Lent

Isaiah 58:3–12      Fast Actions In 2011 and 2012, more than 10,000 people participated in the Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast, sponsored by the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. Each day, participants [including me] received an email with one concrete suggestion for the day, an action that would lessen their carbon footprint. Leadership of […]

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Fully Awake

Luke 9:28-43 So the other day I was walking down the street in University City in Philadelphia, on my way to a meeting. It was cold [of course] and so people were hurrying to class, work, or wherever they needed to go without hesitating one bit. Who could blame them? It was cold. I admit […]

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