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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 Eleven — The Scandalous Samaritan

March 5, 2017 @ 2:38 pm

 

This is the familiar story of the Good Samaritan.  This was acrtually extremely scandalous for Jesus to use this imagery.  Amy Jill Levine, Jewish New Testament Scholar at Vanderbilt, suggests that the image is someone coming to your rescue, that was so detested, that you would just as soon die rather than be helped by him.  Wow.  

This is an excellent text for us to examine in this most hostile of times.  How do we learn to listen to each other in a way to understand rather than to hate and reject?  

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Narrative Lectionary — New Testament Week Eight — John the Baptist — Go Tell John — 1030 version

February 12, 2017 @ 4:03 pm

Luke 7: 18-21 -- Go Tell John

John the Baptist has sent his men to see Jesus and ask him, if he is the one.  Jesus answers pointing to the ideas of trusting his senses and affirming John the Baptist focus on Fruitfulness.  

We have posted several of our musical offerings ... bells, congregational singing, and our praise band.  

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Narrative Lectionary — New Testament Week Eight — John the Baptist — Go Tell John — 900 version

February 12, 2017 @ 3:21 pm

 

Luke 7: 18-21 -- Go Tell John but more than that.  It is a moment of inviting John the Baptist to "trust" and advocating a ministry focused on fruitfulness.  

This podcast is the 9:00 Service .. 

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Narrative Lectionary — New Testament Week Six — Sabbath and Today (with a brief reflection on Methodism)

January 30, 2017 @ 7:42 am

 

This podcast includes my statement of the them, our prayer over our plates, Emily's exegesis before my sermon, and the sermon.  It also includes a brief commentary on the fact I/we reserve the right to critique the state (both Federal and Utah) on what it is, and perhaps is not, doing.  

The scripture is Luke 6 and mine is mostly on 1-11 but we read to 16.  Narrative Lectionary. 

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Scripture will inform us, framed in Experience, Tradition and Reason

January 29, 2017 @ 5:10 pm

I probably should give this five minute reflection about once a year.  I do have a mistake or two in what I said, for example, Jesus was not only in conflcit with the religious but also the political.  I goofed that up.  

Scripture, experience, tradition and reason.  

Experience = individual traditon.

Tradition = corporate experience.  

All grounded in Scripture. 

Reminder and not discussed here, but Scripture is a function of Tradition.  

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Narrative Lectionary — New Testament Week Six — Peter makes himself vulnerable

January 24, 2017 @ 1:39 pm

 

This is from Psalm 90 and Luke 5.  

Emily Flemming and I are trying a little different approach.  We are going to read the other's scripture before the sermon with a teaching moment.  

This reflection is more from the Luke than the Psalm, but it gets to both.  I have been talking a little about Emotional Intelligence (EQ) of Jesus and how he has done, and offer Peter up here as a good example of how he has made himself open to the idea of possible change, and from that, a new vocation.  

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Narrative Lectionary — New Testament Week Five — Human Relations Sunday - Jesus preaches a Confrontational Sermon

January 15, 2017 @ 2:35 pm

We come back to the Luke 4 14-30 Passage a second time and build off of the where we were in Advent.  That sermon offered that Jesus knew who he was ... here he is inviting the congregation to expand the scope.  

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Narrative Lectionary — New Testament Week Four — Epiphany Sunday - John the Baptist

January 9, 2017 @ 6:33 pm

The reader on the Scripture Passages is Leigh Anne Duff -- and the scripture is Luke 3: 1-22.  Three ideas about how God works through John the Baptist that speaks to us in our particular now.  

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Narrative Lectionary — New Testament Week Three — 1st Sunday of Christmas - Simeon and Anna

January 1, 2017 @ 4:54 pm

A little riff here on the idea of "New Year's Resolutions" and play with that.  This is Luke 2: 21-36 (or so).  Simeon and Anna -- their resolve.  

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