The one super food you need to start eating to live forever (you won’t believe what it is!)
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Empty promise titles like this one can be annoying, right? Almost every time I’m online I see links to articles making this claim or something like it. “One simple exercise for six-pack abs.” “One simple habit to help you earn millions.” One weird trick to make you 30 years younger (not … Read More

Give us this food always!
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Today’s Readings  Today we find Elijah on the run.  He has just called fire from heaven down to burn the idol of Ba’al of the evil queen Jezebel and defeated her prophets.  Now he is fleeing for his life into the wilderness. He has demonstrated God’s power to overcome evil … Read More

Something Has to Change
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The disciples cry out “Lord, don’t you care that we are perishing?” It’s Job’s question as well in the face of his suffering, and our question today. Lord, look at this world. Don’t you care that we are perishing?  The bottom line in our readings today is that God does … Read More

How is this possible??
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Today’s Readings News that is good – really good – is often described as unbelievable. How often is our reaction to good news surprise and disbelief? When you get the call that you’ve been accepted for the job, a final exam comes back with an A, or the kids get good reports at parent-teacher … Read More

God and Grasshoppers
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Today’s Readings There are some really cool images about the relationship between God and humans in this Isaiah reading.  Really cool images.  Isaiah invites us to look up at the sky: the stars, planets, this vast and amazing creation… Depths of the oceans, sprawling forests.  God, who created it all … Read More

Amazed and Astounded
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They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught.  They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.  Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, … Read More

How Do We Know God?
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This past week (Christmas 2) I got to preach on chapter 1 of John’s Gospel, often called the “prologue.”  John 1 can be mined endlessly, there is so much deep and awesome material in there: “In the beginning was the Word…” (1:1), “The light shines in the darkness…” (1:5), and the profound … Read More

Pentecost 19: We Belong to God
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“Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.” Owning “stuff” is a very important part of our culture. The obvious example is consumerism and our drive to accumulate more and better stuff: to own things. We actually form our identities based on our … Read More

Pentecost 18: God is throwing a party, and YOU’RE invited!
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Today’s Readings I love to eat. There is just something about mealtime that is special, comforting, and delicious. Good friends and family getting together around a table, for holidays or a celebration. Eating together is a common and essential human form of communication, bonding, remembering, hoping, living. A lot of … Read More

Pentecost 17: Life in the Vineyard
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Today’s readings This pastor learned something new about preaching this week.  I wrestled with these texts this week: a song about God’s beloved vineyard yielding bad grapes, and God ripping it out in anguish-making it a waste, trampling it down.  We, by the way, are that vineyard.  In an unfortunate … Read More

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