Gathering

Mark 8:27-38 & James 3:1-17 It has been almost 22 years since I was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament. No, I don’t have an anniversary coming up soon, that’s in February. Rather, early in the summer I found myself reflecting and meditating on the preamble to the...

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Working in Faith

Text: James 2:1-26 Martin Luther hated this passage. Most of what he didn’t like about James is how it seemed to contradict Paul’s writings… at least if you took the small clips and verses and held them up against each other. Since Luther ferociously proclaimed that scripture could not contradict itself, the presence...

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When Traditions Get in the Way

Text: Mark 7:1-8 There is a downside of being a part of a tradition that extends back thousands of years. We can become so wrapped up within the individual traditions themselves that we forget the foundation of why we do what we do. Jesus frequently locked horns with Pharisees over matters...

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Out of the Nest

Luke 9:57-62 Last Sunday, when I arrived here just before worship, I had parked just outside of the southwest entrance. As I emerged from the car, there was a terrible commotion inside the bush right beside the door. I couldn’t tell what it was at first, but from the squawking,...

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