Proper 18 Year C, Luke 14: 25-33. September 4, 2016, Given by The Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Barker

In today’s gospel Jesus tells us very directly what it will cost us to follow him.  We can never say that Jesus promised us something and gave us something else.  He says we have to love him more than our own family, more than our possessions, and more than life itself!  We have to recognize […]

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Proper 15 Year C, Luke 12: 49-56. August 14, 2016 Given by The Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Barker

A pretty disturbing Gospel, if you ask me!  Jesus really says some upsetting things.  He’s going to bring division and will bring fire to the earth.  Not the gentle loving Jesus we like to hear preached about but the prophet Jesus who knows the hard truths that we don’t want to hear.  After all he […]

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Luke 7:36 – 8:3- to end – The Rt. Rev. Jim White

There is so much spread before us in our scripture readings today. We have to zoom-in some. Let’s focus on the Gospel and the key moment there: And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. 38She stood […]

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Commemoration: Toyohiko Kagawa, Prophetic Witness in Japan, 1960, delivered by The Rev. David Cobb

Philippians 1:12–20     (reflecting on his imprisonment and the work of Christians with whom he is at odds, Paul writes of those who preach Christ, but from a different perspective)  What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense of in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in that I rejoice. Commemoration:    Toyohiko Kagawa, Prophetic Witness […]

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Easter, Year 3C – Benjamin Thomas, seminarian

“Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love. Then for the second time in the history of the world, we will have discovered fire.”  Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Those words were written by the French philosopher, paleontologist, and Jesuit priest Pierre […]

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