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Elizabeth and Mary: A Lesson in Joyful Waiting

Americans spend roughly 37 billion hours each year waiting in line, and more often than not, we hate every single minute of it. In our “get-it-done-now-and-move-on-to-the-next-thing” world, waiting is a drudgery none of us enjoys. Of course, supermarkets know this, so to keep us entertained,

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When Should We Wait?

This is a very difficult topic to address. We have felt the agony of having to wait at some point in our lives, probably more than once. Waiting to see if we passed that test we spent all night studying for, waiting for the traffic

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The Best Things in Life

How long, O God? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? – Psalm 13 Indeed we call blessed those who showed endurance. You have heard of the endurance of Job, and you have seen the purpose of God,

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When Our Number Comes Up

What do we do when our number comes up? Waiting, after all, is not an end in itself; we wait because one day – at least theoretically – our number will be called. It will be our turn. Then the wait will be over, and

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Teamwork

Anyone who knows me well is aware of the fact-and I have absolutely not an iota of shame in admitting it – that team sports, be they baseball, basketball, hockey, or football which is presently in season – do absolutely nothing to interest me at

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A Jig of Justice

Preached on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at Jubilee! Circle, Columbia, SC Readings: Amos 8:1-12: Surely I will never forget any of their deeds Luke 16:1-13: You cannot serve God and wealth The Mundaka Upanishad 2:2-4: All separateness will fall away Hear this sermon at the

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The Root of Justice

Do we, as people, truly understand justice? We created an image of justice as a blind lady with measuring scales and a sword. We invent heroes like Batman, Superman, and The Punisher. What hero did God send us? Was Jesus like any of these? Jesus

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The Public Pool

Every day, in our society, we see examples of gross injustice. We bemoan what seems, to most of us, a growing trend. But we don’t quite know how to make sense of it. What the talking heads who comment on the problem all too often

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Jesus, My Eye Doctor

Fundamentalism, or “legalism,” as I prefer to call it, is a difficult topic for me. I’m not even sure I’m fully qualified to offer any advice in this matter, given how little patience I have with legalists most of the time. I think in this

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De-Escalating the Cycle of Fear

I have a particular fascination with the clash between the fundamentalist Christian worldview and the LGBT Christian community. You see, I grew up a fundamentalist Christian. By that I don’t meant that I grew up attending a fundamentalist church or that I was part of