You! God’s Mission to the WorldBeyond TribalismBeam me up?Difficult QuestionsFinding the GateThe Road to EmmausEarth Day MessageEaster AgainEnoughLazarus Is Us

You! God’s Mission to the World

You know how it goes. The church tries to reach out to people, to attract them to the church and its ministry. We usually try to attract them by touting all the benefits of being a member of our congregation. Are you concerned about the faith development of your children? Our church has a great…
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Beyond Tribalism

Beyond Tribalism – Preaching a 21st Century Pentecost A priest looked up from the psalms on the lectern, cast his eyes over all the hats bowed before him.  Feathered, frilled, felt hats in rows like faces. But there was one at the end of the row that was different. What was she thinking, a head…
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Beam me up?

Jesus didn’t say, ‘Beam me up’ We are all familiar with depictions of people coming and going. Many will recall in the 1939 film, “The Wizard of Oz,” how Glinda, the good witch, descends upon Dorothy and the Munchkins in a bubble, and after delivering a message and explaining the mystery of the ruby slippers,…
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Difficult Questions

If you could only ask God one question, what would it be? Questions, of course, are an essential ingredient of everyday conversation. They serve as invitations to dialogue and opportunities for further learning. Little wonder, then, that questions sit at the center of John's Gospel. At the outset of the story, Andrew asks Jesus where…
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Finding the Gate

“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in another way is a thief and a bandit.” There is a very strict etiquette to gates; a rule book that you must follow because not to do so may cost dearly, or lead to death, or destroy…
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The Road to Emmaus

Dashed Hopes and Surprising Grace Notice that it’s a road. Not an upper room or garden or mountain top or any of the other places we expect revelation to take place. It’s a road. And it’s not a pronouncement or discourse, but a conversation. I think these details are important. Sometimes, it’s enough just to…
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Earth Day Message

Earth Day message from Anglican and Lutheran leaders Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. —John 12:24 In recognition of Earth Day on April 22, 2017, we invite you to join us…
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Easter Again

Easter Again I am sometimes accused of not believing in Easter because it does not matter to me whether Jesus’s tomb was actually empty and whether something utterly miraculous happened to his corpse –what is commonly called a “physical bodily resurrection.” For many people, that is what Easter is about and the meaning of the…
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Enough

There’s a lot going on when Jesus enters Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. One of the things that amazes me is how he heads right into the belly of the beast. He knows what he’s getting into. From the episode in the Garden of Gethsemane we also know that he’s not exactly thrilled about it. There’s…
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Lazarus Is Us

By Alyce M. McKenzie,  George W. and Nell Ayers Le Van Professor of Preaching and Worship at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. Until recently, I have seen this story of the raising of Lazarus as an inaccessible and, in some respects, unappealing story. Lazarus is not fleshed out as a character. All we…
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