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God’s Kingdom — Rejoicing! Feasting! Abundance!

John 2:1-11     Second Sunday after Epiphany     January 20, 2019   “On the third day”: that’s how the gospel reading begins this morning.  (This is the third day after Jesus called Philip and Nathanael to follow him, but you and I know how important that phrase is, since the resurrection will happen on the third […]

Daughters and Sons

Isaiah 43:1-7 Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, our scriptures begin.  In the beginning, what was thought to exist was a watery void.  God separated the waters and brought into being sky. Then God gathered the waters into lakes and oceans and rivers, and dry land appeared.   […]

Being Led to Faith

Matthew 2:1-12     The Epiphany of Our Lord    January 6, 2019   Today is the Epiphany of Our Lord.  It’s unusual that it falls on a Sunday.  I want to take advantage of this opportunity.  (I’m not assuming any knowledge of what the Epiphany is!) An epiphany is a manifestation.  It is an instance of […]

Light in the Darkness

Isaiah 9:2-7   Christmas Eve, 2018     Tomorrow afternoon, after all the presents are opened, will you feel a letdown?  Many will.  Is that because so many of us try to play pretend at Christmas? I remember one Christmas Day when I was a child.  A radio news report was on about fighting in the Middle […]

God’s Duet

  Luke 1:39-45 [46-55]     Fourth Sunday of Advent December 23, 2018   Are you ready?  Tomorrow night is Christmas Eve.  Two more days until Christmas!  Christmas brings with it many different emotions, sometimes all in one day. There is a time for every season. It may be this is the year that you are grieving […]

Rejoice In The Lord Always

Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18     Third Sunday of Advent     December 16, 2018   It was six years ago yesterday.  Hundreds of people filled the Catholic cathedral that sits high on a hill in Roanoke, Virginia, for the funeral of a pastor beloved to many in our Synod.  He was only 58 when he died from […]

Turn Around

Luke 1:68-79  Luke 3:1-6     2ndSunday in Advent   Our Gospel reading this morning begins with a list of the top seven people in “Who’s Who in the world of the rich and powerful.”  While names like Tiberius and Lysanias are not on the tips of our tongues, their mention would evoke a strong response […]

Focus, People! Focus!

Luke 21:25-36     First Sunday of Advent     December 2, 2018   I love Advent!  Do you know why?  It’s because now is when we are most weird, compared with what’s going on outside the liturgical world.  Out there, more than a month ago, as soon as the Halloween displays came down, the Christmas displays went […]

What Is Truth?

John 18:33-37 Lectionary 25 Christ the King Sunday “What is truth?” Pilate asked.  Every time I hear this question, I think of Jack Nicholson on the witness stand, in the movie A Few Good Men, emphatically saying, “You want the truth?  You can’t handle the truth.” That’s true for all of at one time or […]