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Do Not Be Afraid

“Jesus does not select theologians, titans of industry, or graduates from premier universities. Jesus picks ordinary people… just like you and me.”

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Today

“Jesus places us in the challenging middle – reminding us that we are agents in God’s plans for the world. If we locate ourselves in only the past or the future, we lose today. Today insists we embrace the now.”

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The Scandal of Baptism

“We all need to hear the “you” as Jesus did. “You are my beloved child.” And we are all called to say that “you” to others in Jesus name. You, the passed-over one, the poor and needy, the marginalized, you are a child of God.”

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Fearless Strangers

“If you think about it, everything in our faith celebrates Epiphany. No matter what goes on around us, Jesus is the light in any kind of darkness the world throws at us.”

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Advent Love

“…Notice something interesting: in Mary’s joyful song about the coming birth of her son, she sings about what God is doing now, as if these things have already happened. She makes claims about God’s activity in the present tense.”

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Advent Joy and Love

“Sometimes, despair crouches deep within our own hearts. We are stranded in the wilderness – either of our own making, or because we are pushed and shoved there by loneliness, loss, or difficult circumstances. Yet, into our desert places, John announces the good news of deliverance.”

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Leaving and Cleaving

We can attempt to separate ourselves from God, but Jesus tells us God never separates from us. Look how far God – in the person of Jesus – is willing to go for us. All the way to the cross.

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Troubled Hearts

Lately, I find myself thinking about all the things I want to do before I die. And I don’t mean some comedic bucket list. I want to know if I will have enough time to do the things I still long to do – things I think I must do. Can I do all of them? Some of them? Will my time on earth leave any sort of mark behind, anything at all that says, “I was here”?

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Dashed Hopes to Burning Hearts

Jesus and the disciples stop on the road, and before they try to journey on, Jesus stands with them and asks them to name their loss. He does the thing most essential to moving beyond grief: before he talks, before he explains, before he invites, Jesus comes alongside and listens.

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