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Jeans, a Bridge, and a Choice

When I was in ninth grade, designer jeans were newly popular. Everyone I knew had at least one pair, or at least that’s what I thought. Those jeans were also quite pricey at $80.00 or more a pair. In the … Continue reading

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Time to Jump In

I am haunted by a recurring dream I had as a teen. The dream started out innocuous enough. I stood with a group of friends talking about nothing in particular, maybe planning what we do for the weekend. Then a … Continue reading

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A Pastoral Prayer of Confession

I’ve struggled to find appropriate words for this week. So I offer the following prayer. If you are looking for sermon help, try here. Patient and steadfast God, how is it that you continue to love us so completely? So … Continue reading

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A Letter from a Tired Pastor

Dear white Christian folks and other interested parties; I begin with this:  God loves you. Because we are joined together in Christ, I love you. I will also say that no one is more white than I am; I have the … Continue reading

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Too Much

Orlando Istanbul Dhaka Bagdhad Baton Rouge Falcon Heights Bullets, bombs, and hatred violate the sanctity of life every day because people hate each other. What can I say as I stand at a homicide scene in today’s early morning on … Continue reading

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Faith and Politics

It’s just after Super Tuesday and I’m having trouble reconciling the atmosphere of this election cycle with the messages of this week’s text. The common themes in the RCL this week are repentance, forgiveness, and restoration. When religion, Christianity in … Continue reading

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A Litany for the Penitent

God sets a table overflowing with grace and invites all who hunger and thirst to come and eat and be satisfied. Yet, we claim the table for ourselves alone and then fail to sit still and drink deeply. With generosity … Continue reading

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