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The Brow of the Hill

Luke 4.14–30 No one went out of their way to visit Nazareth. It was lightyears away, both physically and culturally, from the biggest cities of the day: Alexandria or Rome. In fact, it was pretty far from the biggest city in Palestine: Jerusalem. Nazareth was in Galilee, a section of the region of Palestine spotted […]

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Turning

Luke 3.1–22 This is a pitchfork. [Holds up object for congregation to see] Well, kind of. Technically, it is a spading fork. A true pitchfork would have a little smaller tines and have a little different purpose. The purpose of this guy is to get deep into that hard-packed Lawrence clay and turn up the […]

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Morning Prayer, 1-10-2021

We pray in the wake of troublesome events, Lord. While it is hard to know how to pray, who to pray for, and what to say, perhaps we are best served to pray for forgiveness. Indeed, we pray for your forgiveness, as we remember this week, when all of us stormed the Capitol Building of […]

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Parenting a Savior

Luke 2.41–52 The movie Home Alone came out 30 years ago this Christmas season, and when it first came out I absolutely hated it. I was in high school, and I thought it was the dumbest movie ever… “Really? No one notices that the kid is missing until they get on the plane? And there […]

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Waiting No More

Simeon waited. Some days, he felt like it was the only thing he was still good at. As his eyes opened in his home in the early morning hours, he saw his surroundings becoming brighter. At one point in his life, he would have jumped out of bed at first light, and scurried around his […]

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Prophets in Plainclothes

Luke 1:26-45 I recently got a new phone. Finally, my phone of some five years bit the dust. So I got a new one…actually a year or so old, but new enough. And you will not be surprised that the best of this new phone for me is the camera. My new phone has a […]

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Joy in Our Bones

Isaiah 61 Gus was born in Nicaragua in 1935.Throughout all of Gus’s childhood and early life, Nicaragua was embroiled in civil war and violent conflict. Given its geography and potential for a canal from Atlantic to Pacific, the United States believed that it had a financial and strategic interest in the country. Therefore, for most […]

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Unraveled

Joel 1.1-6, 2.12-13, 2.21-29 Have you ever had a piece of clothing come unraveled? Like a sweater or a woolen hat? And one little thread or piece of yarn comes out, and all of a sudden, the whole thing starts to come unraveled? For a lot of us, that feels like 2020. It feels like […]

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A Smile in the Dark

Daniel 6.6–23 Daniel awoke with a start in the middle of the night. He was bathed in total darkness, but all around him, he could hear the air alive with the sounds of the most vicious, violent creatures he had ever seen. He could smell the stench of blood on their breath. He could hear […]

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I Wonder Who Wrote the Book of Love

Jeremiah 31 and 36 In the days of slavery in the United States and the Caribbean, one of the ways that slaveowners would seek to pacify their Black slaves was to show them the Bible. But not all of it. Perhaps you have heard of what is commonly called the Slave Bible. The official name […]

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