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Be Human First

Reading for the Ninth Sunday after Epiphany: And it came to pass, that Jesus went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and the disciples began to pluck the ears of corn as they went. And the Pharisees said to Jesus, Why do your

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Craving Heavenly Wine

Reading for the Second Sunday after Epiphany: John 2:3-10 Ancient Jewish weddings were different than modern weddings. People did not fly to Hawaii for a honeymoon. For about a week, the couple had an “open house.” [1] During the week, the couple was treated as

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Lifting the Veil

Metropolitan Community Church of Columbia, S.C. Readings for Transfiguration Sunday (Last Sunday before Lent): 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2, Luke 9:28-43 When I was growing up in the Southern Baptist church, there were two words that I had never thought to put together – “church” and “calendar.”

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The Miracle of Being Worthy

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chatham, N.J.  Readings for the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany: Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 138, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, Luke 5:1-11 There are miracles and then there are miracles. In this passage, the one that is the most obvious is the great catch of

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Joy in God’s Law?

Holy Trinity Metropolitan Community Church, Edinburgh, Scotland Readings for the Third Sunday after Epiphany: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; Luke 4:14-21 I appreciate that it is a long time since anyone suffered the dubious pleasure of hearing me preach but some of you may

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The Celestine Vision

Fellowship Congregational Church, Tulsa, Okla. Reading for Transfiguration Sunday (Last Sunday after Epiphany): Luke 9:28-36 Early 20th century English writer G. K. Chesterton once defined philosophy as “thinking that had been thought out.” We are influenced, Chesterton went on to say, either by thought that

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Meeting Jesus Again

Fellowship Congregational Church, Tulsa, Okla. Reading for the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany: Luke 5:1-11  You can always tell what is going on in the United States by what people are willing to spend their money on. Books about religion or the sacred are currently better

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Married to a Builder

Cathedral of Hope MCC, Dallas, Texas Readings for the Second Sunday after Epiphany: Isaiah 62:1-5, John 2:1-11 Last year, when planning today’s sermon, the Old Testament reading jumped off the page at me. It speaks of a time when the God’s people felt abandoned and

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Being Fundamentalist

Cathedral of Hope MCC, Dallas, Texas Readings for the Ninth Sunday after Epiphany: II Cor. 4:5-12, Mark 2:23-3:6 I was licensed to preach on the first Sunday of June, 1973. I’ve been preaching for 24 years, with almost 10 of those years in the pulpit

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When I Am Still, I Hear the Quiet Voice

Fellowship Congregational Church, Tulsa, Okla. Reading for the Second Sunday after Epiphany: 1 Samuel 3:1-10  This past week I wrote to the Confirmation Class and members of the youth groups inviting them to a weekend retreat, the purpose of which will be to learn a