What’s Faith? Trust and Healing…

Luke 7:1-10 Question: What is faith to you? Can faith lead to healing? If so, how? I start by saying that faith is sadly misused–both as a word and a concept. I’ve had plenty of experiences in which people were told that they did not have enough faith, or, if a person was going through a […]

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Room in the Tomb, Room in Us All

Luke 24: 1-12 I’ll admit it. During this particular Holy Week and then, on Resurrection or “Easter” Sunday, I didn’t feel so up to painting eggs, eating candy, or singing hallelujah, Christ is risen! My role here is not to be a Debbie Downer–it’s just to be honest. I’m not up to it. Because, doesn’t […]

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The Subdued Entry and a Path to Peace

Luke 19:28-40 Peace sayings from various traditions Hindu tradition Oh God, lead us from the unreal to the Real, from darkness to light, from death to immortality.  God’s peace, peace, peace to all. Buddhist tradition May all beings everywhere be happy, Peaceful, and free. Jain tradition Peace and universal love is the essence of all […]

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Extravagant, Scandalous Love

John 12:1-11 Throughout these 40 days of Lent, I’ve been asking this question: What does it mean for me be truly myself? And I encourage you to do the same. While we ask that question of ourselves, we are journeying with the story in the Gospels, following Jesus’ own journey of self-discovery. Most of this […]

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Calling All the Prodigals

Luke 15:11-33 From the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh scriptures: To practice forgiveness is fasting, good conduct and contentment. Dispelled is anger as forgiveness is grasped. Where there is forgiveness, There God resides. Perhaps there is no more-recognizable story from the New Testament Gospels than the story of the prodigal son. You could make a […]

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Changing to Return to Ourselves

Luke 13:1-9 Selections from Self, Gautama Buddha If a person holds oneself dear, let one watch oneself carefully. The wise should be watchful during at least one of the three watches. Self is the master of self; who else could be the master? With self a well-controlled a person finds a master such as few […]

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Love that Gets its Hands Dirty

Luke 13:31-35 Selections from Jalal al-Din Rumi: This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, A depression, A meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, […]

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Temptation to Imagination

Luke 4:1-13 What does it mean for you to be yourself? Think about that for a moment. What does it mean for you to be yourself? For Christians, the season of Lent began with Ash Wednesday. Lent is a period of 40 days [not counting Sundays]. The forty days of Lent is about one tenth […]

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No Jesus Allowed in Church!

Luke 4:21-30 In Jesus of Nazareth’s time and culture, favors for your hometown, your family, and your closest friends were commonplace. I don’t think it’s far-fetched for you or me to understand or resonate with this in 2016, wherever you are. Have you ever moved away from where you were raised? Did you ever return? […]

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Faithing

Luke 3:7-18 I have mentioned before that the word faith is nuanced in the Bible. So what should the Koine Greek Word in the New Testament that is often translated into the English noun faith really be? How about faithing? What is faithing? Well, according to the Urban Dictionary: The act of walking quickly to […]

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