Monthly Archives: January 2017

The Rule of Faith

Texts: Micah 6:6-8 (justice, kindness, and humility); Matthew 5:1-20 (the Sermon on the Mount) What does the Lord require of us? In the first of today’s two readings from the Bible, Micah gives an answer: to seek justice, love kindness, … Continue reading

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Call and response

Text: Matthew 4:12-23 (Jesus begins his ministry) Call and response is a practice in which a leader interacts with a crowd using familiar phrases. Most Sundays when I come to the pulpit I say, “May the peace of Christ be … Continue reading

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Running deep and free

Text: Matthew 3:13-17 (John baptizes Jesus) “Remember your baptism!” preachers often exclaim. And having just heard about the baptism of Jesus, this might seem like an appropriate day to do so. But what if you were baptized as an infant? … Continue reading

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Let there be light!

Text: Matthew 2:1-12 (the Magi follow a Star to Bethlehem) In the dark months of winter, the church directs us to focus on light — first in the season of Christmas and now in the season of Epiphany. I appreciate … Continue reading

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The Roman Empire yesterday and today

Text: Matthew 2:13-23 (the Slaughter of the Innocents) Today’s reading from Matthew is not one that leads easily to “Merry Christmas!” Paula Simons, writing on December 23 in the Edmonton Journal about the dangers faced by children today, began by … Continue reading

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