Palm Sunday, 2018

He led a protest march because the city lost what it was built to be, to call it back. They led a protest march because the city left behind its purpose, and they called it back. He poured out all he was to set right what was wrong, emptied his life so we would all […]

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Lent 5, 2018

Just because God vows “I will remember no more,” that’s not forgetting.   Just because the seed, Jesus, fall to earth and dies doesn’t mean it ends.   God never forgets, lives forever with the pain, but won’t call it back.   Christ dies to what was, dies with all the world watching, giving up […]

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Lent 4, 2018

“(J)ust as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up . . .” John 3:14   Moses lifted up the serpent so Israel could look at what was destroying them, stare it down in faith, and be saved.   The Son of Man . . . […]

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Lent 3, 2018

There was no space for us in God’s domain (we couldn’t even step on the same hill without dying) until God took ten plain and simple Hebrew words to share God’s will, that we make space for the One Who Made Us. Eght simple “don’t”s, two “do”s was all required to include the One Who […]

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Lent 2, 2018

God said, “I love you so much, and I am so proud of what you’re becoming. It’s going to change you, make you more than you ever thought possible.” And we laughed. “We will grow in our relationship together, and a sign of that will be a piece of skin you cut off for me.” […]

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Pentecost, 2015

The Spirit came with wind and fire, so we close the windows, we put in sprinklers and smoke detectors, we have flame retardents and climate controls . . . . . . and not just in our homes. The Spirit came and transcended languages, so we erected bigger barriers, we buried our dry bones deeper, […]

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Easter, 2015

He isn’t here . . . So, why keep looking? These are just places, things, signs of what was, where God was. Salvation is not a relic. Resurrection is for the living: busy rehab, not empty tomb; new house beams, not cross splinters. Not to see, but to be, so let’s get going. He’s gone […]

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Good Friday, 2015

All the cacophony: traffic in and out of the city; crying tourist babies, hushing tourist parents; troops changing the guard, marching, shuffling, barking (after all, a show of force keeps things safe); deliveries, the wheels groaning under the cargo as everybody tries to be done with work before sunset. The hucksters are hawking wares (of […]

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Palm Sunday, 2015

Look at this! Branches off the trees . . . old cloaks on the road, all trampled and torn . . . donkey droppings, right up to the Temple steps . . . This all has something to do with that Jesus fellow, doesn’t it? Doesn’t he know some of us have to clean this […]

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