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narrative Lectionary — New Testament Week Thirteen — Industrial Strength Joy

March 24, 2017 @ 3:17 pm

 

This reflection is drawn from the Luke 15, three parables.  The liturgist will only read the first two to provide context, and then I re-tell the third one.  A parable familiar to us.  

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Narrative Lectionary — New Testament Week Ten — Transfiguration

February 26, 2017 @ 3:27 pm

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Narrative Lectionary — New Testament Week Nine — The Woman Washes Jesus’ Feet — 900 version

February 26, 2017 @ 3:23 pm

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Narrative Lectionary — Old Testament Week Seven — Elijah and the Widow

October 31, 2016 @ 10:58 am

We are introduced this week to Elijah.  We see here Elijah in his apprenticeship as a prophet.  But it is an important time, an important moment.  This is from 1 Kings 17 with a touch of the end of 1 Kings 16 thrown in to help us get the idea of what is going on.  Two big ideas:  (1) Yahweh is a God of Life and (2) Yahweh's words matter. 

This particular sermon is from the 9:00 Service.   

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Year End Report

December 31, 2015 @ 4:29 pm
Setting a bit of the stage for Mark but this is more of a year end report.  This particular sermon is at the 9:00 AM service.  

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Advent 4: God will end the Barrenness

December 31, 2015 @ 4:24 pm
Luke 1 -- Zachariah and the end of barrenness.  God has been here before. 

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Hosea: God has not given up on us …

November 28, 2015 @ 7:44 pm

The Northern Kingdom has been conquered.  But God continues to act in the role of loving parent and shows love even for the child who has spurned him.  This has some elements of personal reflection on my time at Central UMC in Arlington, VA.  Finding my voice and all of that ... but as much as anything it is a hopeful gesture that says that the God of the Hebrew Bible is a God of Love, Forgiveness and Mercy ... 

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October 19, 2014

October 23, 2014 @ 4:23 am

Sixth Sermon in our Matthew Parable Series with an emphasis on Stepping Up in .... 

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Various Thoughts from Dennis Shaw
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