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Reconcillation: Making People Whole

So I am pretty sure I am not the only parent who experiences the ongoing argument amongst children about what the other person gets versus what they receive. It goes pretty much like this, “Well Charlotte got one, so why can’t I?” Or “But Amelia had a longer turn, why can’t I?” Sound familiar. . .   In today’s... Read More

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Forgiveness & Mercy

Peter comes to Jesus with a question. It is a question that he and the disciples have been wondering about for some time. It is even a question that many of us from time to time may have wondered. How many times should we forgive someone? This is a question that not only applies to ourselves but extends to the... Read More

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The Power of the Cross

So here is where I think the problem is. For us who profess the Christian Faith we see the cross as a symbol of grace and liberation. For us the cross represents freedom and knowledge that through the death and resurrection of Jesus, through the cross, we are already saved. So, on the one hand, Yay for us.   But... Read More

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The Places Where God Meets Us

So the day had finally come when I got the call. I was a brand new deacon in the Church of God, serving in my first parish, Christ Church Creston. The call was one that I had for a long time been cautiously curious about and at the same time looked forward to. The voice on the other end of the phone, “Is this Fr.... Read More

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Building Resistance to Oppression

I wonder what it was like to be living in Ancient Egypt. I wonder what it must have been like for the Israelites who were enslaved to the Egyptians. Imagine working days upon days of constant hard labor, no days off, no vacation, no fair pay; just the opportunity to be a slave based on who you are, your culture,... Read More

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Rejecting a Culture of Hate

So I am not going to lie. This is a hard gospel to hear. We read about how Jesus is really not living up to what we expect of him, or even what he might expect from himself. Jesus the man who has done wonderful and amazing things, healing people, casting out demons and spreading a message of hope, liberation and... Read More

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How Good is Our Soil?

Anyone who knows anything about gardening and soil can easily engage with the parable of the Sower that we heard today in Matthew’s Gospel. It just makes sense. Seed that is thrown on rock or in thorns is not going to do well. But plant seed in well maintained and fertilized soil, they stand the best chance of... Read More

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Church: A Place of Belonging & Where Souls Find Rest

I am willing to bet that you know someone and perhaps it has been yourself who cringes the moment the topic of “church” or “religion” comes up in conversation. Believe it or not there are people who have a hard time engaging in a positive way with religion and church. However, ask these same people how they feel... Read More

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Letting Go So That We May Be More Fully Alive

Growing up I was taught to plan for every eventuality. Every possibility needed to be analyzed and thought through so that the best possible solution or result could be achieved. Decisions were made with careful thought and never, if at all possible in the spur of the moment. The perceived risk of making spur of... Read More

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How Do We Offer the Best of Ourselves?

So church growth and looking at ways in which we can grow can be a source of anxiety for many churches. Indeed for us this is a topic that comes up regularly. People wonder and want to know how to increase the size of the congregation. At times people have asked me, “How do we get young people coming back to... Read More