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The Light in the Clouds

Matthew 17.1-9 and Exodus 24.12-18 The Israelites looked up at the mountain, day after day, night after night.  It had been so long since Moses had left for the summit of Sinai, and they were getting restless.  What if he had been killed by the inhabitants of this strange desert land?  Or an Egyptian who […]

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Parenting Rules

Elizabeth Buckner — Leviticus 19.1-2, 9-18 1 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2 Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. 9 When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the […]

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Radical Friendship

It was a beautiful Sunday morning at Holier Than Thou Baptist Church.  The pews were filling up and the regulars had found their favorite seats.  Soon, the traditions of worship would begin: singing, Scripture, preaching.  But before the Call to Worship was spoken, another tradition had to be fulfilled: the weekly game of Judge a […]

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Radical Purpose

I Corinthians 1.10-18 Melanie was one of the prettiest girls at school, and one of the most popular.  Hal was just as good looking and just as popular, so it was no surprise when he asked her to go to Homecoming.  They made their plans and preparations and both were excited.  Until two days before […]

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Radical Attention

Luke 10.25-42   Writer Thomas Friedman wrote an op-ed several years ago now, titled “The Taxi Driver.”  In it, he tells the story of a taxi ride he took from the airport in Paris to his hotel.  Over the hour that he rode, he said, he and his taxi driver did six things.  Friedman wrote […]

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Because You are Young

Michaela Schenkel — “Because You are Young” 1 Timothy 4.12-16 12 Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 13 Until I arrive, give attention to the public reading of scripture, to exhorting, to teaching. 14 Do not neglect the gift […]

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With Us

My phone tells me what is newsworthy now.  I have a relatively new feature on my phone that picks which news stories it thinks that I want to see. It doesn’t do a very good job. I was struck as I was writing the sermon this week how often the news stories that it picks […]

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We Sojourn Toward the Light

Tim Bonner — “We Sojourn Toward the Light” John 1.1-14 The Word Became Flesh 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came […]

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Joseph’s Journey

Matthew 1:18-19 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.  Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned […]

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Mary’s Journey

Luke 1.39-56 In our basement, we have a stack of Christmas DVD’s that we always pull out this time of year and at some point during my sermon writing in the basement this week, I looked up on the shelf to see this stack.  As I thought about my sermon and looked at those movies, […]

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