Apr 17 2014

Easter Custodians

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After a sabbath full of suffering, “as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary [of Magdala] and the other Mary went to see the tomb” (Matthew 28:1).  In some versions of the story, they go to be custodians of the crucifixion—to finish the “clean up” of the hurried work of burial.  But in …

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Apr 11 2014

The Hope of Holy Week

Marion Anderson

Born in Philadelphia on 27 February 1897, Marian Anderson was the oldest of three girls.  When she was eight, her father, a coal and ice dealer, bought her a piano; unfortunately, when she was 12, he died.  From the age of six she sang in the choir of Union Baptist Church and her faith community …

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Mar 28 2014

Beware the Attractive Compromise

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Samuel is disillusioned; he believed that Saul, the first king of Israel, would lead the people in the creation of a new community of justice.  Saul was corrupt, Samuel disappointed. The pericope for preaching this Sunday, I Samuel 16:1-13, is sometimes told as a story about David; I’m not sure it has much to do …

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Mar 21 2014

Guilty, sometimes; Ashamed, never.

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A story from John 4:5-42 A woman:  from Samaria.  Comes in the heat of the day, not the cooler times, to gather water from the communal well—a time she presumed she’d be alone, no accusing eyes or mutterings from the neighbors.  She needs the water, not the judgment. Jesus:  needs a drink, but doesn’t have …

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Mar 13 2014

Under Cover of Darkness, the Light is Revealed

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      A “sermon sneak peek” for Sunday, March 16: Second Sunday in Lent. Nicodemus sneaks to Jesus under cover of darkness; why the clandestine night-time visit?  He doesn’t even ask a question at first; apparently he simply seeks a presence, a person.  Jesus prompts the questions when he declares how to enter the …

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Mar 06 2014

Wholeness in the Wilderness

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The following is a “sneak peek” at a portion of the sermon for the First Sunday in Lent, March 9, 2014. Easter is “the first Sunday, following the first full moon, following the first day of spring;” it’s a complicated formula that has lots of moving dates.  Easter can come as early as March 22 …

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Mar 04 2014

The Opportunity of Lent

Life is a Journey

Sometimes the history of a word can open the possibilities for its present potential.  I often feel that “Lent” gets a “bad name;” I’m sometimes asked, “What did you give up for Lent,” indicating the commonly held belief that Lent is a time of penance or fasting and depravation.  I do fast occasionally for health …

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Jan 09 2014

The Well Fed Don’t See the Hungry

Prophetic Graffiti

It’s been nearly 10 years since I have lived in Houston, so it’s been probably 12 years since I saw the morning graffiti:  “the well fed don’t see the hungry.”  Someone had painted the prophetic on the wall on Saturday night; it caught more than my eye on the way to church in the morning. …

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