True Love is Golden

Luke 6:27-31       Have you heard of the law of reciprocity? How about the golden ratio? In essence, the law of reciprocity is the social norm of responding to a positive action with another positive action, rewarding kind actions. Reciprocity means that in response to friendly actions, people are frequently much nicer and much more […]

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The Power of Love: a Different Joy

Zephaniah 3:16-17; 19-20a You know it must be Advent if on the in later December we’re reading from another minor Hebrew prophet, in this case Zephaniah. It would be a stretch to say that many people know the book of Zephaniah well [Jewish or Christian alike]. Though, come on–I mean, he was the son of […]

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Basic Rules Don’t Apply: Love Is Wealth

Mark 10:17-22 What possesses you? Okay, weird question? What I mean to ask is: what consumes you, what drives you? What possesses you? Is it your career? Are you one of those people who is completely driven by your job and all the things related to it? Do you find yourself thinking and talking about […]

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A Taste Test

Psalm 34:1-8;18, John 6:51          Okay, do me a favor. Open your mouth and say “ah…” Go look in the mirror. You have taste buds. You know, those sensory organs on your tongue that allow you to experience tastes that are sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. See the bumps on your tongue? Those are called […]

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Won’t You Love Your Neighbor?

John 13:33-35 Someone who loves a neighbor allows them to be as they are, as they were, and as they will be.  -Michel Quoist You can be a follower of Muhammad or Jesus or Buddha or whomever. Always, they said that the most essential factor is to love your neighbor and to love you.  -Leo […]

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Love: the Wildcard

I Corinthians 13 Love is patient, love is kind… You’ve probably heard this text before. Weddings? Yeah. Not gonna lie—it’s a bit overused. And misused. So let’s discuss, no? I Corinthians is Paul of Tarsus’ first letter to a faith community in Corinth. Is it relevant? That depends on how deep you’re willing to go. […]

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Hey, I’ve been thinking…

If you consider yourself a Christian and you’re reading this, welcome. I hope you continue reading. If you are not a Christian, welcome. I really hope you keep reading too. The thing is, Christianity looks pretty bad right now, in many ways. Racism, prejudice against immigrants, LGBTQIA exclusion and marginalization, belittling of women, support of […]

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Love in Safe Spaces

John 15:9-15 Question of the day: Who do you feel safe with? Do you have people in your life who make you feel safe? What I mean by that, in this moment is—do you have people who make you feel at ease, that you can be silly, raw, honest, ridiculous, crazy you? These would be […]

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The I AM and WE ARE of Love

John 15:1, 5; I John 4:7-8, 11-13, 18 Imagery of the natural world—metaphors that are living things—often speak to us in powerful ways. I think you’ll agree that being compared to a tree is much more agreeable and full of possibilities than being compared to another person or a material thing like a car. In […]

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Love Builds Up

Mark 1:21-39 Let’s talk demons, afflictions, identity and love. Cool with you? Okay, first, a story about Jesus of Nazareth. He’s making his way to Capernaum–perhaps the most important and well-connected community in the region of Galilee. There was a temple there, and Jesus was about to darken its door. Mark’s Gospel is the speed […]

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