One of the least favorite things I enjoy is shopping for cereal. The cereal aisle in most grocery stores seems endless. Boxes of cereal are stacked from just above ground level to towering 10 feet in the air. And, while my taste buds are tempted by the variety, suspicion of genetically modified foods, bleached flour, b…

John 10:1-10 10“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit.  2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.  3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and lea…

Easter3A 2017 Luke 24:13-35 13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem,  14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened.  15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them,  16 but their eyes we…

Easter 2A 2017 Sermon John 20:19-31 from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 19  When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”  20  After he said this…

Easter Vigil Sermon from Matthew’s Gospel. Matthew 28:1-10 After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His a…

Suffering is part of our shared reality. Humans, animals, plants and our environment are all vulnerable to suffering. Suffering can be intentional or unintentional. It can result organically, or the consequence of human error or be imposed by choice – as is the case this Palm Sunday morning when two Egyptian Coptic chu…

In the movie, Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch says, “Death ends a life, not a relationship.” We see this played out in the vision of Ezekiel and our story from John. Margaret Odell reminds us that “from the time Ezekiel first began to speak in 592 BCE, the (Hebrew) people’s long history of rebellion against God and now als…

From St. John 9:1-41 For years, I’ve been dawn to the story of the man born blind. Every time I hear it, his story touches my soul. I feel a connection with the man and cherish his emotionally-packed words: “One thing I know, though I was blind, now I see.” This story encourages me. It invites me to trust in God’s love…

Throughout the four Gospels there are several times when Jesus takes what his religious culture considers normative and turns it upside down. Today we have an example of Jesus’ topsy-turvy teaching. The scene is set at a well in Samaria. The two characters are a Samaritan woman and Jesus. She is at a disadvantage becau…

LENT2A 2017 – JMA+ On my office desk I have a simple piece of artwork. Some see it as abstract. Other’s don’t. It is made of wood and can be held in your hand. In fact, if you hold it in your hand, the message within the art is unintelligible. If you sit it down and gaze at it from a distance, most people can see the h…

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