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Imagine the God – Genesis 32:22-31

July 21, 2013 Imagine the desperation.  There was Jacob, on the shores of the Jabbok, surely terrified.  He was about to face his brother, about to face certain death. And he deserved it. For someone labeled a ‘hero of the faith,’ for someone who gets included in our list of Fathers – Abraham, Isaac and […]

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It’s Not What You Think – Luke 10:38-42

July 28, 2013 I really don’t want to preach this sermon today. This story makes me more-than-a-little uneasy.  Maybe it makes some of you uneasy. And maybe for similar reasons.  And maybe, for many of you males, you hear the story and turn your attention to your wives or mothers or aunts or other women, […]

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Romans 12:1-8

This is one of my favorite passages – which will surprise Matt, considering it’s from one of Paul’s letters – but that’s neither here nor there. I love the tension Paul points out here – being in the world but not of the world – being living sacrifices – being transformed, not conformed. And yet […]

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You’re Invited – Guest Preacher: Emily Holladay

September 1, 2013 When Meredith and I go home for the holidays, we join a variety of aunts, uncles, and cousins to fill up our grandparent’s house in Louisville. When we walk in the door of their white, one-level farm house, we pick our spot on the couch of one of the two TV rooms […]

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Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

1 Samuel 7, Revelation 22 The line in the hymn is not a reference to a Dickens character, but to a moment of thanksgiving in the life of Samuel – a story we just heard. The prophet Samuel took a stone, and raised it up, and named it Ebenezer – which means ‘stone of help.’ […]

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Where Are You?

Job 23 “Absentee” We have heard the word a hundred times, right?  It means simply that someone is not doing their job – not where they are supposed to be. An absentee landlord doesn’t fix the toilet when it breaks or take care of the leaky roof. An absentee parent neglects to care for their […]

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“Where Were You?”

Job 38 So far in Job, just about everyone has had their say: Hasatan, the accuser, has challenged God on the faith of Job, insisting that if he quit getting benefits from his relationship with God, he’ll fold in a hurry. Job’s friends have had their say.  Eliphaz.  Bildad.  Zophar.  We haven’t spent much time […]

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“Why?”

Job 42 It was another Tuesday night, and time for another installment of “Coffee.  Conversation.  Carl.”  The wise veteran Bible study leader opened his home once a month to a wide variety of folks willing to open the pages of Scripture together and learn from the movement of the Spirit and the voices in the […]

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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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A Prayer for Palm Sunday…and Good Friday

We wave our palms! We throw down our coats! We shout hosanna! We count our many blessings, God.  We name them one by one.  For our family and friends, for our freedoms and protections, for our church and our faith.  We thank you as the Giver of all good gifts for all of those blessings […]

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