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Sending

James 5:13-20 One of the most difficult things I had to do in my early career was to convince the church I served at that a children’s program that they had invested in wasn’t working. It was my first pastoral charge, and those who were involved in this were very enthusiastic, because it really did […]

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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 ordination vows that I took. […]

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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 of James in the Bible […]

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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 of how one expresses faith. […]

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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, it was clear that it […]

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A New House

Text: 2 Samuel 7:1-17 This summer, many of the stories that come up in our seasons of readings are those of King David. A few weeks ago, we had the story of Samuel anointing the young shepherd David to be the successor to Saul’s corrupted legacy. We know the story of David and Goliath, but […]

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Like Everyone Else

1 Samuel 8:4-11 There is a story buried deep in the Old Testament that we don’t often hear, but it bears not only repeating, but has a lot of wisdom in its few short verses. It’s a story about Samuel, one who bridges the gap between a judge and a prophet. We know Samuel for […]

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How To Recover The Cutting Edge

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