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Three Mountains

Matthew 17.1-9 One of my favorite hikes last summer turned out to be a complete surprise. While I was in Colorado on my sabbatical last year, I decided to tackle a hike that included not one but two 14,000-foot mountains in one day: Mt. Belford and Mt. Oxford. The best way to hike these mountains […]

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The Corner Café

Matthew 5.21-37 The corner café was eerily quiet as the moments ticked towards closing time. There were just three tables occupied, and so few at each table, that the only sound was the clanking of well-used silverware on well-used plates. Outside it was dark and the traffic stilled. The sign had already been flipped to […]

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Claiming the Call

John 12.1-11 Claire Chadwick, preaching Thank you so much for inviting me to preach here at FBC this morning. It is a blessing to be here with you, especially in honoring Martha Stearns Marshall. As you may already know, Martha Stearns Marshall was a preacher in her own right, an exhorter, a missionary and a […]

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Good News in the Fake News?

Matthew 5:1-12 “Fake News!” The phrase has entered our cultural lexicon with more regularity lately, but the concept has been around for a long time. Today we finish our series on Good News in the news, asking if we can find good news in the news. So today, I want to ask, “can we find […]

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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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