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More Good News in the News

Matthew 5.1-12 Last week, we began a series on the Beatitudes and how they impact our current context: Good News in the News. We looked at the these first words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew, in general terms. And we saw Jesus as a new Solomon, with a new model […]

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Good News in the News

Matthew 5.1-12 I was done. I was tired of all of the political fighting and the one-upsmanship. I was tired of all of the oversimplification and sensationalism. I was tired of the greed that lay at the heart of whose story got told. I was tired of the news. As I began my sabbatical this […]

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What If?

Matthew 2.1-12 What if…it happened this way? Herod sat in his throne room, considering his next steps. All of Jerusalem was a buzz of excitement and energy, but also anxiety and fear. Visitors had come from Persia, asking for information, and their questions made the whole city afraid. Now their leader, Herod, had to figure […]

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Do Not Be Afraid: The Shepherds

Luke 2.8-20 Amos crept along the edge of town, trying not to be noticed. He was a shepherd, a social and religious outcast, and wasn’t generally welcome even in the small community of Bethlehem. After all, the religious leaders hated shepherds because their work kept them from ever being ceremonially clean. And the rest of […]

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Do Not Be Afraid: Joseph

Matthew 1.18-25 The lone wolf. We know the trope well, don’t we? The picture of self-sufficiency and individual strength. The phrase likely stems back to a novel written by Louis Joseph Vance written in 1914 by that name. It tells the story of Michael Lanyard, a thief turned detective, who worked alone. But the same […]

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Do Not Be Afraid: Mary

Luke 1. 26-38 Janice sat at the table with her blue binder, furiously scribbling notes. Her friend Pam was a few minutes late, but it gave Janice some more time to think and write. When Pam got to the coffeehouse, she found the table, and immediately laughed out loud. “Ah, the infamous Blue Binder! I […]

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Do Not Be Afraid: Zechariah

Luke 1.5-25, 57-80 Zechariah was at the top of his game. And a mighty good game it was, at that. He was a coveted member of the tribe of Levites, the priestly class whose job it was to attend to the work of the Temple. Each day, the Israelites attended Temple worship, and gazed with […]

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Come Build a Church in Jerusalem

Acts 1.4-8 One hundred and twenty believers are gathered together for a church dinner. The hummus and pita and fish and olives and wine overflow the tables and there is laughter all around the crowded room. The kids are already done and running around after each other, while their parents yell at them to be […]

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