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“Easter’s Healing Touch” in the midst of Covid-19

Came across an article about the Healing Touch of Easter even in the midst of shelter in place and in our isolation. Author talks about embodied suffering. And the healing that comes in embodied vulnerable “wounded healer,” God who does not run away from our suffering but touches our wounds with compassion. We can each […]

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podcast – for the Spirit searches everything 2/9/2020

For the Spirit searches everything is a pastoral message about how we might be the salt and light of the world. The Spirit of God reveals to us who God is. God is God of love, justice, and mercy. To do what God cares about requires us to care for the oppressed, the poor, the […]

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podcast – blessed 2/2/2020

pastoral message about the fact and reality of being blessed, even when we do not feel blessed. we are blessed to be part of God’s family. as family, we are there for each other, including fighting for justice! Karen Baker-Fletcher’s account of divine love that enables forgiveness and repentance that demands justice is a good […]

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rough week to preaching on Sunday

How does one go from having had a really rough week to preaching on Sunday? And of all things, lectionary this week is on the B-attitudes? Blessed are… I certainly did not feel blessed this week in any stretch of the imagination. I felt awful, felt disappointed and sad, and just all around not had […]

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Benediction by Nadia Bolz-Weber, at the funeral of Rachel Held Evans

I preached today about how to live the life of Christians, here and now, even as we pray, Come, Lord Jesus. During the sermon, I read the benediction by Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, which was read at the funeral of Rachel Held Evans.  I read the benediction during the sermon as an example of the kind […]