Tag Archives: James

Letting Go and Showing Up

If I say that there is something missing in Mainline churches today, I’m not expressing a new thought. I’m merely echoing church critics everywhere. If I say that I’m tired of the things that divide us – religion and politics … Continue reading

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For the Love of God

Sometimes when I read scripture, I lose all hope for humanity in general and the church in particular. It’s easy to let myself believe that life now is so much better, easier, more enlightened than it was in biblical times. … Continue reading

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Responding to Suicide with Faith

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Creator, is this: to care for the vulnerable among us in their distress, and to keep oneself apart from the fears of the world. (James 1:27, paraphrased) Suicide is headline news once … Continue reading

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Personal Reflections on Grief and Racism

I’m on vacation and, therefore, not preaching this week. Consequently, this will be a little more personal than usual. At the same time, I’m trying to avoid the “what I did on my summer vacation” theme that is obvious. Vacation … Continue reading

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Food, Finances, and Foolishness

RCL – Year B – Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost – September 23, 2012 Series 1: Proverbs 31:10-31 Psalm 1 Series 2: Wisdom of Solomon 1:16-2:1, 12-22 or Jeremiah 11:18-20 Psalm 54 James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a Mark 9:30-37 Give me a lamp … Continue reading

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In Search of Wisdom

RCL – Year B – Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost – September 16, 2012 Series 1: Proverbs 1:20-33 Psalm 19 or Wisdom 7:26-8:1 Series 2: Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 116:1-9 James 3:1-12 Mark 8:27-38 Let the words of my mouth and the … Continue reading

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Reflections from Vacation on Religion and Renewal

RCL – Year B – Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost – September 2, 2012 Song of Solomon 2:8-13 with Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9  or Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 with Psalm 15 James 1:17-27 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 This week I am writing while … Continue reading

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