A Different Kind of King

Luke 23:33-43 When I led the study earlier this year on the Dead Sea Scrolls, one of the social features of the day was this tremendous expectation of the population that lived the Roman-occupied provinces around Jerusalem. Scholars call it messianic expectation: the hope and belief that God would anoint someone who would sweep away […]

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The Art of Peacemaking

Texts: Matthew 5:1-12 & Luke 6:20-31 There is a scene from the Monty Python film The Life of Brian that makes light of this particular line from the Sermon on the Mount. It is satire to be sure, but there is a lot of ironic truth in this scene. Very close to the beginning of […]

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A Heart for Change

A Reflection on Reformation Sunday Texts: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4; Luke 19:1-10 I hope you’ll excuse me for playing a little bit of dress-up today. It is the day before Halloween… or more appropriately “All Hallows’ Eve” –the night before All Saints Day. In superstitious mediaeval times, people believed that on the evening before All Saints […]

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Never Alone

Text: Romans 8:26-39 It is by all accounts one of the most comforting passages in the New Testament. While the 23rd Psalm is more familiar, fewer passages have both the theological depth and comfort than this chapter from Paul’s letter to the Romans. It is often read at funerals as an encouragement to those who […]

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Thanksgiving in Interesting Times

Text: Deuteronomy 8:7-18   “May you live in interesting times.” You’ve probably heard it. It is supposedly an English translation of an ancient Chinese curse. It is paired with two other similar proverbial-style curses: “May you come to the attention of those in authority.” and “May you find what you are looking for.” The saying […]

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