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Sermon: Pentecost 12 / Proper 17 – “Scapegoat or Cross?”

We are called to be disciples, followers of Christ. As such, we are called to bear our cross, yet we make that cross into some glorified scapegoat. We load it up with all the worries of this world and solemnly go trudging down the road. But here is the truth about that cross you carry: it’s not for you to load up with your burdens and sins. That cross is for you. Its for you.

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Sermon: “I’m just a ____.”

We come before God and say to him, “I am a sinner.. a tax collector.. a whore.. a ___.” We know what we are, and in our confession, Jesus responds to us, “The past is over and done. We all stumble on the way. You are My Father’s child and I am deeply in love with you.” It is in recognizing who we are that, from that day forward, we can say to him, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” and know in our hearts that we are free. Free to love and be loved by God.

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Sermon: Pentecost 11 / Proper 16 – “It’s Not Over”

We can become like the Israelites in captivity or the disciples who sat at the foot of the cross and watched the life of Jesus slowly slip away. “Has God rejected his people? By no means!” But “Who will rescue” us? “Who then can be saved?” Jesus’ answer, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Three days after his crucifixion Jesus rose from the grave. “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Sermon: Blind

I believe the one who leads us astray most often is ourselves. We get so focused on what we are looking for that we fail to even notice those things that God would have us focus on. To borrow the words of Professor Zajoc, we need that “inner light,” but in this case the light we require is that of the Holy Spirit.

Sermon: Transfiguration

In 1909, Robert Stanton wrote an article in the New York Times regarding a journey to the Grand Canyon. Speaking of its colors and immensity he wrote, “But look again! Those terrifying walls are moving, are changing! A new light is not only creeping over them, but is coming out from their very shadows. See…

Article: Noisy Prayers

St. Bernard of Clairvaux was traveling with a poor, uneducated farmer, who boasted, “I’m never distracted when I pray.” Bernard objected, “I don’t believe it. Now let me make a bargain with you. If you can say the Our Father without one distraction, I’ll give you this mule I’m riding. But if you don’t succeed,…

Sermon: Power of the Mustard Seed

I saw an interesting movie this past week: Lucy. The story is based on the scientific premise that we as human beings only use 10% of our brain. It then goes on to hypothesize on what we would become if we began to use 20%. 30%. 50%. 100% of our brain. In movie world, this…