Sermon: The Horror of Our Ancestors’ Preaching

Acts 6:8-7:2a and Acts 7:44-60 Here's something that surprised me… In the Lenten study on the book So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo, we came upon a passage in which Oluo describes how future generations will look at all the good work for justice that you...

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Sermon: We Don’t Get It…

Luke 24:13-35 If you happened to make it to church last Sunday, then you might have heard the news. Jesus, who was killed on the cross, went and got up from the dead! The women were there. They saw the angels, they raced back and told the other disciples, and you...

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Sermon: Those Who Go Out Weeping

Luke 23:50-56 and Luke 24:1-12 Whoever wrote the Gospel of Luke employed a nifty narrative trick. He loved making the beginnings and endings match up, kind of like bookends. You’ll see this in the individual stories. You’ll see this in the arc of the Gospel, so if you...

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Sermon: The Threat of Peace

Luke 19:29-44 This is the day the LORD has made… This is the day Jesus comes riding into Jerusalem on a colt, and you won’t even believe it —the people realize who Jesus is! The crowds began throwing their coats on the ground. Some folks put their coats on the back of...

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Sermon: Invisible Fences

Luke 16:19-31 One of the first questions people ask when they begin reading the Bible is: So how do we know whether this stuff is real or made up? How do we know if it’s true… It’s like there’s a line in our minds dividing fact from fiction, the real from the...

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Sermon: Middle of the Wilderness

Luke 15:1-32 Often in the middle of a funeral, we’ll hear Psalm Twenty-Three. And often when this happens, I’ll point out a miracle in the psalm that once you see, you can’t unsee. It was shown to me by the writings of Reverend Kuenning’s seminary colleague, Bible...

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Sermon: Perish or Repent

Luke 13:1-9, 31-35 In the scripture Meghan read, the people don’t understand that the cross is what’s looming. Now certainly Jesus was frustrated with their inability to perceive this, but I don’t know… I have to believe there must have been a certain soreness in...

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Sermon: Getting Saved

Luke 10:25-42 Today we hear a favorite story that has become emblematic of the Christian faith. You can hear why: When a man is lying on the side of the road, beaten and half dead, two respected members of society each come upon him. They each see him, then they each...

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Sermon: Just– Wow

Luke 7:1-17 On Thanksgiving night, when I was eleven years old, my grandparents called with terrible news. They had been dog-sitting our Australian shepherd, Macrame, because we were heading out of town the next day. My grandpa was walking her over the bridge by their...

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Sermon: Playing With Grace

Luke 5:1-11 Before I read the scripture, I saw the title: Jesus Calls the First Disciples, I thought I knew what we’d be getting into. I thought this would be the story when Jesus goes out by the lake, sees the fishermen on the water and yells: Hey you guys! Why don’t...

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