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The People We Wish We Were

Admiration can so quickly turn to envy and self deprecation When we see someone else who in the sliver of their life we see Inspires us and yet reflects back the part of us we like the least We desire … Continue reading

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The Need to Remember Rightly

On a day when there will be a number of calls to ‘Never Forget’ I want to add a caution that we need to be willing to remember rightly. The destruction and violence of September 11, 2001 cost the 19 … Continue reading

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An Authentic People: Being the Body of Christ- A Sermon from July 28, 2013

Last week I talked about who we are, that at our root we are baptized children of God, marked with the cross of Christ and sealed by God’s Holy Spirit. That nothing can separate us from the love of God … Continue reading

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Freedom for Fear and Shame: Grace in our Lives-A Sermon from July 21,2013

I don’t think it is a coincidence that the most common command in the bible is “do not be afraid.” And yet fear is a very real force in all of our lives and it causes us to do some … Continue reading

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What I Learned About Myself, Life and God from My Divorce: Part 1

On July 1, 2010 my marriage of almost 13 years with two children officially ended. For those who have been through or are going through the process of divorce you know that this journey, which for me was unwanted, begins … Continue reading

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The Names We Take and the Names We Give

I enjoy music, a wide range of music, and so one of my hopes was to take something that strikes me when I am listening to it throughout the week, take the lyrics and their meaning and then see what … Continue reading

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The Place of Authority 2-4: The Practices of the Early Church

Baptism Fresco on the Catacombs of St. Marcellinus and Peter, Via Labicana, Rome, Italy There are two ways, one of life and one of death, but a great difference between the two ways. The way of life, then, is this: … Continue reading

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The Place of Authority 2-3:The Early Church’s Identity Problem

Image of Christ Pantocrator (Almighty or Lord of Hosts), Hagia Sopia, Istanbul, Turkey When a movement is centered on one person who is no longer present in a corporeal (bodily) form that the members of that movement can continue to … Continue reading

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Authority: Getting to the Heart of the Issue

Again they came to Jerusalem.  As he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to him and said, “By what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you the authority to do … Continue reading

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