At Deathbeds: On Closing Churches

In the last 18 month I’ve been present at the closing of three Churches. I was their priest; they had been a cluster when I was called. In each case it was excruciating and sad. In each case it was the right choice. Churches, the actual communities, the buildings located in towns and cities, are […]

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SR The Church, Sacraments, and Unity, Easter 7, 2013

Link: The Church, Sacraments, and Unity, Easter 7, 2013 Summary of what I was saying and why: Jesus’s prayer for the unity of the Church is great. And hard to preach. Because it is so patently not what is. Also, while I can encourage many of the other things Jesus says and Christians can, mostly, […]

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SR: Wellness and Fear, Easter 6 2013

Link: Wellness and Fear, Easter 6 2013 Summary of what I was saying and why: Healing miracles are always challenging for me. How do I preach the truth of miracles (which I believe) without forgetting that too many of us are not healed? Do you want to be made well? Sometimes the answer isn’t yes; […]

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Wellness and Fear, Sermon for Easter 6, 2013 (audio)

The lessons can be found by clicking here. I worked most closely with John 5:1-9. Jesus said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” And we touch on Monty Python’s The Life of Brian, the TV show House, and fear.

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SR Broken, Loving Hearts Easter 5, 2013

Link: You can listen to what I said here: Broken, Loving Hearts, Easter 5, 2013 Summary of what I was saying and why: Love has consequences. Jesus instructs us to love one another and then gets crucified. We love and often get hurt. Love, though, can often be not only transformational but resurrectional. Theology: Salvation […]

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