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Sep

26

Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost – Christina Smerick

Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15; Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16; I Timothy 6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31
I am inclined to a kind of blindness, a pessimistic one that keeps me imagining the world in my own image (and other people in my own image as well), rather than opening myself to God’s imagination for the world and for us.  I am [...]

Sep

19

Shrewd Saints – Kent Dunnington

Luke 16:1-13
There was an elderly Christian woman who lived in a run-down part of town.  One morning, while she was having her coffee, she heard through her kitchen window the voice of what sounded like a bum, for he was reciting his woes to no one in particular.  “Nothing to eat, no money, not a [...]

Sep

12

Caught Between Mercy and Judgment – Brian Hartley

Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10
One of my favorite theologians, the indomitable Yogi Berra, is purported to have once said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”  For those of us who have confronted difficult decisions in our lives, we’d love to be able to comply so easily.  Unfortunately, [...]

Sep

05

Something Beautiful – Ben Wayman

Jeremiah 18:1-11; Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; Philemon 1-21; Luke 14:25-33
I often get a sinking feeling that I am reading Jesus wrongly.  I seem to have developed some nifty skills for reading these uncomfortable demands right out of the text.  For example, I might read this passage from Luke and interpret it something like – in order [...]