Tag Archives: Lent

Ash Wednesday cross

Reflect, Repent, Reboot

Garden of Grace United Church of Christ, Columbia, S.C. Readings for Ash Wednesday: Joel 2:12-18, Matthew 6:1-15 Let me begin with a couple of silly questions: How many of you use a computer? How many of you have had your computer crash? I imagine many

Friends running on the beach

The Passion of April Fools

There are two tendencies that do not seem balanced to me. Some spiritual leaders have focused strongly on the torturous nature of Christ’s death at Calvary. Listening to their sermons is about as graphic as watching some crime scene investigation movie. The focus on the

Plants at Volunteer Park Conservatory, Seattle, United States

Love Makes You Do Stupid Things

Metropolitan Community Church of Columbia, S.C. Readings for Passion Sunday: 4 The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens — wakens my ear to listen

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The Journey of Acceptance

Northaven United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas Reading for the Second Sunday in Lent and Trinity Sunday: John 3:1-17 In case you haven’t figured it out, there is something advertisers know about us. There is something that the sellers of consumer goods know about us. There

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Snake Bit

University Baptist Church, Austin, Texas Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent: Numbers 21:4-9, Ephesians 2:1-10, John 3:14-21 It’s late at night, I’m kind of sleepy, and I’m channel surfing to find something interesting to watch on TV. I see this guy lying on a

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Blessings in Unexpected Places

Reading for the Fourth Sunday in Lent: The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for

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Centered in Stillness

Tabernacle United Church, Philadelphia, Pa. Readings: Mark 1:34-35, 6:42-46, 14:32-35 Today we conclude our Lenten series in which we have been considering some aspects of our culture that are detrimental to our spiritual wholeness. We have thought about the impact of the many choices we


Really? From Judgment to Grace

First Congregational Church of Berkeley, Calif. Readings for Laetare Sunday (Fourth Sunday in Lent): 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 The fourth Sunday in Lent, Laetare Sunday, sometimes called Refreshment Sunday, is supposed to be a bright spot, a moment of relief in the otherwise

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When God Loves the World

Fellowship Congregational Church, Tulsa, Okla. Reading for the Fourth Sunday in Lent: John 3:14-21 A dear friend and co-worker for human rights, Barbara Santee, has written a play which has just completed its second run at the Heller Theater, and which has been selected to

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Wichita (Kan.) Metropolitan Community Church Reading for the Fourth Sunday in Lent: Luke 15:11-32 “Home” — what an emotionally loaded word! It conjures up all kinds of subjective reactions in us, according to our experience. Ideally, home is the place of safety, where you count