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True Things – Sermon March 12 2017

Reading, from Adrienne Rich’s “Lies, Secrets, and Silence”  Sermon, “True Things” – part 1 of 3 part series “Real Life”  Today’s my mom’s birthday, and so I’m going to start by sharing a classic my-mom story. She’d just come back … Continue reading

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Preaching in the Context of Diversity

Next Tuesday, as a part of a conference at the Iliff School of Theology, I will sit on a panel about Preaching in the Context of Diversity.  We’re covering the topic in three ways: rhetorically, liturgically, and biblically.  I’m responsible for the … Continue reading

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What Is Required of Us

Readings 1. Martin Luther King, Jr. from “The Role of the Church in Facing the Nation’s Chief Moral Dilemma,” 1957 Our ultimate end must be reconciliation; the end must be redemption; the end must be the creation of the beloved … Continue reading

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The Limits of Diversity

Reading “The Purpose of the Church” In 1948, most congregations and houses of worship in the United States were segregated (separated) by the color of their members’ skin. Some were segregated by law; others by custom or by a lack … Continue reading

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Get Religion

Sermon – January 6, 2013  It was about 2007 when I could keep it in no longer.  I’d avoided the issue for long enough.  I’d downplayed my feelings, guarded my intuition.  I’d kept a lot of my favorite things and even … Continue reading

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The Bright Thread of Hope

The Bright Thread of Hope [1] We gather this morning, just two days from the end of the election cycle. Two days, my friends, two days.  And over these months of the campaign- or has it been years, or an eternity … Continue reading

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The Nature and Function of Preaching

Preaching stirs up a holy story, in the preacher, and in the congregation: a story already written, a story alive and unfolding, a story not yet imagined. That is to say, it is rooted in tradition.  There can be no … Continue reading

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