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The Foolish Farmer, Matthew 13.1-9

Let those who have ears, listen. A farmer went driving in her tractor – set out to sow seeds. But she drew stares. Her method was – odd, shall we say. Reckless, even – she rode around, not looking, throwing seed everywhere. Over her shoulder, off to the side, up in the air. Some of […]

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A Letter from Pastor Meredith

Dear First Baptist Church Family, I am writing this letter to you to tell you I have accepted a call to be Minister of Membership Development at Country Club Christian Church, in Kansas City, Missouri. My last Sunday with you will be July 13. For many of you this news will be accompanied with surprise […]

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Because of Biblical Women

Proverbs 31.10-31 Judges 11.34-40 Luke 7.36-50 Did you hear the news over the holiday weekend? Perhaps now it seems like old news. Perhaps now, a full week past, we have already forgotten – if we stopped to pay much attention in the first place. I don’t blame you if you tune out the news. I […]

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Around This Table

Luke 24.13-35 The two men shuffled along. On the road somewhere. A village called Emmaus…. A stranger sidled up beside them. Curious. “What are you talking about?” It took them a minute to answer. The Gospel writer puts it plainly: “They stood still, looking sad.” Who wants to be the first one to explain? To […]

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“Did Jesus Have to Die?” Sermon, 4.13.14

Matthew 27.11-54 The cross has always been difficult for me. A strange thing to grapple with considering it is the central symbol of our faith – I’ve worn plenty of them around my neck; I have multiple crosses from different places as decorations in my home and office. But the way people talked about the […]

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Morning Prayer, 3.30.14, Lent 4

Job 38 God – Answer us out of the whirlwind – speak to us. Out of the whirlwind of unknown futures, uncertain prognoses, maddening and overwhelming responsibilities speak peace. Out of the whirlwind of questions that seem bigger than our feeble certitude, of fears that threaten to swallow us whole, when it all seems so […]

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Morning Prayer, 3.23.14, Lent 3

God – We believe, help our unbelief. We believe that you are the Creator. Help our unbelief when we attempt to hold things in our hands. Forgive our feeble attempts and manipulation and control. We believe that you call your Creation Good. Help our unbelief when we mistake our call to dominion for freedom to […]

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Morning Prayer, 3.16.14, Lent 2

From where does our help come? We look to the hills. We lift our eyes to the sky – wide before us. We cry out – we echo the voice of Job – How long, O Lord? How long will we fight and battle? How long until we lay our weapons of war at your […]

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Ash Wednesday Prayer

God – We do not know what to do with this day. We do not like to focus on our mortality, our fragility. We prefer not to remember that nothing is permanent, not our lives, not our bodies. Ashes to ashes. Dust to dust. God you made us out of dust. You call us out […]

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