Aha!

Isaiah 60:1-3; 5-6   Matthew 2:1,2    Have you ever had a moment when things seemed to click for you, when a seemingly unsolvable problem or issue became solvable? Did the hair stand up on your arm? Did you jump up and shout Eureka! or did an imaginary light bulb suddenly appear over your head? Yes, I’m […]

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Well Traveled

Matthew 5:1-10   Hey, how ya feelin’ today? Blessed? Are ya feelin’ blessed today? If you were to answer “yes” to that question, what does that mean, to be blessed? Let’s ask our friend the dictionary. First off, if this word is used as a verb, it is pronounced blest, with one syllable, i.e. “Before […]

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Following Light

John 8:12 [NRSV] Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life. I John 1:5-7a This is the message we have heard from Jesus and proclaim to you, that God is light and in God there […]

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EnTRUST-ed

Isaiah 5:1-7 Matthew 13:42,43 Once again, let’s talk about trust. In my last post we looked at how authority and trust go together, i.e. we give authority to the things and people we trust. And we focused on the idea that trust is not something we should blindly give; rather, that trust needs to be […]

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Authority: Listening and Trusting

Matthew 21:23-32 When I was in middle school I went to summer camp once. I remember bits and pieces of my experience there, and one thing I remember distinctly is a certain “game” the camp counselors had us play called a trust fall. Now I’m sure a lot of you have at least heard of […]

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Generosity and DACA

Matthew 20:1-16 What are your initial thoughts to this story—the idea that an employer sends out workers at different times all day long, but then pays everyone, regardless of how long they worked, the same wage? Do you find yourself in the shoes of those who worked all day, who aren’t happy with the employer’s […]

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Identify Yourself

Matthew 16:13-20 So you’re at a party or social engagement of some sort. You don’t know everybody there. Whether introvert or extrovert, at some point in the evening you inevitably encounter someone you don’t know. You make eye contact. Let the social awkwardness begin! You: Hello. I’m _________ Person: Nice to meet you, I’m _______ […]

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Keep Your Love, Find Your Healing

Matthew 15:21-28 What do you think about miracles? As I mentioned before, when it comes to miracles, I think it is most helpful for us to avoid asking did the miracle really happen? Instead, we ought to ask: what does a miracle story mean? By asking that second question, we will be truer to the […]

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A Hand Reaches Out in The Storm

Matthew 14:22-33 Let’s talk about miracles and metaphors and how the two can actually be friends or coexist–let’s talk about miracles. All religious traditions have miracles stories—things that happen and cannot be explained by science, biology, or empirical evidence. People turn into animals and vice versa, an entire sea parts in the middle and then […]

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Forming Community

Matthew 14:13-21 What does the word/concept of “community” mean to you? It can seem a broad term, community, right? If you move into a suburban neighborhood, does that mean you are in a community? If you to the Community Center Shopping Mall does that mean you are in a community? What if we get more […]

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