Preparing for Lent: Consider the possibility of giving up depression

24
Feb

Taking Seriously that ‘Loving Our Enemies’ Business

A Sermon preached on February 24th, 2019 based upon Luke 6:27-38. Let’s remind ourselves of what proceeds what we just heard: Jesus once more goes apart to pray, this time to a mountaintop where he spends an entire night in prayer.  He calls the “twelve” from among the dozens of disciples and then proceeds to […]

24
Feb

Preparing for Lent: In the Wilderness We Confront Our Addictions

February 24th — 6th Email One of the reasons that throughout history going into the wilderness has been used as a spiritual practice is that it brings to consciousness our “addictions.”  Beyond the essentials of life, what are the things we feel like we can’t live without – the things we automatically reach for in […]

23
Feb

Preparing for Lent: What to Give Up — What to Add

February 23rd — 5th Email Often people add practices to their daily routines during Lent.  I am hoping that you will make reading my daily emails such a routine.  By reading and reflecting on scripture we provide some space for God’s Spirit to lead us into a deeper freedom. Traditionally during Lent people give up […]

22
Feb

Preparing for Lent: Slowing Down

February 22nd — 4th Email In the story of creation in Genesis 1 it declares that of all God’s creatures we alone are made in the image of God.  Scientists may one day discover that creatures such as dolphins, whales and elephants have a grandeur to them that humbles us. But as a general rule […]

21
Feb

Preparing for Lent: God Cherishes Our Freedom

February 21st —  3rd Email I’ve been suggesting that one way to understand Lent is as an opportunity to broaden our personal sense of freedom as God’s beloved children. The season of Lent is patterned on the story of the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness.  One common theme in the devil’s three temptations […]

20
Feb

Preparing for Lent: Getting Free

February 20th — 2nd Email – Getting Free One way to think of Lent is as a time to broaden our personal sense of freedom as beloved children of God.  In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus begins his ministry in his hometown synagogue reading a passage from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah which essentially becomes the […]

19
Feb

Lent is Coming!

February 19th — 1st Email Lent is coming; it begins with Ash Wednesday (March 6th) with our service at 7 p.m. Throughout Lent,  I will be sending out daily emails and postings on Facebook that I hope you will consider reading as a part of a daily time of devotion.  During the next two weeks […]

10
Feb

What It Feels Like to Be Human

A sermon preached on February 10th, 2019 based upon Luke 5:1-11. If I were to ask you what it feels like to be a human being there are a whole range of possible ways you could answer.  If we were to ask what this story we just heard says about what it feels like to […]

03
Feb

Why the Hometown Folk Tried to Kill Jesus

A sermon preached February 3rd, 2019 based upon Luke 4:21-30. We all need a “tribe” to belong to – a group of people with whom we feel a sense of connection, of belonging and identification – some shared values and world view.  Otherwise we would be alone in this world, and that would be a […]

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