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07
Apr

Sunday, April 7 — Alyosha’s Dream at the Wake for Father Zossima

Sunday, April 7 — Alyosha’s Dream at the Wake for Father Zossima A reading from Frederick Buechner: IN DOSTOEVSKY’S NOVEL The Brothers Karamazov there is an extraordinary scene where the old monk Father Zossima dies. They lay him out in his coffin in the chapel, and all of the monks wait around to see a miracle—for the […]

06
Apr

Saturday, April 6 — Mary’s Artistry of Grace and Judas’ Shaming

Saturday, April 6 — Mary’s Artistry of Grace and Judas’ Shaming We pick up yesterday’s story in which Mary anointed the feet of Jesus with perfume at a dinner party her family was hosting just six days before his death.  The perfume was extraordinarily expensive and filled the whole house with its fragrance.  Immediately Judas […]

04
Apr

Thursday, April 4 — Setting Your Mind on Serenity

Thursday, April 4 — Setting Your Mind on Serenity Today we continue with another passage from a little later in Paul’s letter to the Philippians, taking it in two segments. Philippians 4:8-9  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything […]

03
Apr

Wednesday, April 3 — So Much Rubbish

Wednesday, April 3 — So Much Rubbish In the church of Philippi, Paul had opponents who were holding on to the belief that to be a Christian one must first be a Jew who keeps the laws of the Torah.  They seem to be attacking Paul’s Jewish pedigree. So in today’s reading from the letter […]

02
Apr

Tuesday, April 2 — Tears and Joy

Tuesday, April 2 — Tears and Joy Psalm 126 When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” The LORD has […]

01
Apr

Monday, April 1 — The New Thing God is Doing

Monday, April 1 — The New Thing God Is Doing In Jewish Biblical history the greatest challenge to their faith occurred when what was called the Babylonian Exile took place.  The Jewish people were over run by the armies of Babylonia.  The temple was razed and the leading citizens were taken as prisoners to live […]

31
Mar

Where Will the Elder Brother Find His Rock Bottom?

A sermon preached on Sunday, March 31st, 2019 based upon Luke 15:1-3; 11b-32.   At the outset of this parable, the two brothers seem altogether different.  One seems to epitomize responsibility, a good work ethic and respect for his father; the other seems the embodiment of laziness, disrespect, and self-centeredness. But I want to suggest that […]

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