Monthly Archives: January 2015

“Je suis Spartacus!”

Texts: 1 Samuel 3:1-20 (God calls Samuel), John 1:43-51 (Jesus calls his disciples) To prepare for the service this week, I watched the 1960 historical epic “Spartacus.” It stars Kirk Douglas as a gladiator who leads a slave revolt against … Continue reading

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Baptized into what?

Texts: Genesis 1:1-15 (the first day), Psalm 29 (the voice of God), Acts 19:1-7 (Paul provides a second baptism), Mark 1:4-11 (the baptism of Jesus) On this first Sunday after Epiphany, we celebrate the baptism of Jesus; and it falls … Continue reading

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The end of the beginning

Text: John 1:1-18 (“In the beginning . . . “) One year ago, on January 5, 2014, I stood at the front of this sanctuary for the first time and preached a sermon called “In the beginning.” It was based … Continue reading

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