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Fourth Sunday After The Epiphany – Christopher Byaruhanga

1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30
Have you ever heard about fights in the church? When God’s people cease to be what they are supposed to be, they begin to engage in unholy fights. At the mere reading of Luke 4:21-30 one is bound to ask: what happened on this day in Nazareth? [...]



God’s Open Bar – Judy Cox

Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 36:5-10; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11
The role of “parents of the groom” has twice delighted Daryl and me! In the last five years we’ve rejoiced in celebrating, and co-hosting, the weddings of both our sons. Each time we combined forces with our son’s in-laws to throw huge, extravagant, lavishly hospitable parties; they’d focus on the evening gala, we’d focus on the endless brunch buffet [...]



Baptism of the Lord – Christina Smerick

Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
As some of you know, I am one of those creatures who has been baptized twice—once as an infant in the Catholic Church, and once as a teen in the Nazarene Church (well, actually, in the giant non-denominational church next door [...]



What Do You See? – John Brittingham

Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12
On occasion, I get the privilege of teaching philosophy of art or aesthetics to whatever group of college students I’ve duped into taking on the subject. Now, this is one of my absolute favorite subjects to teach, and not only because I’m a pop culture nerd, and I get to wax philosophical about the influence of remix culture on shows like “Rick and Morty” or [...]