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  • Deck the Halls

    This week’s text: Psalm 126 This week’s Christmas carol is “Deck the Halls.” To give a bit of background, the tune we now know to be “Deck the Halls” is a Welsh melody dating back to the 1500s. By the late 1700s, the first printed version of the song appears, but it is not our […]

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  • Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

    This week’s text: Mark 1:1-8 “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” is certainly one of the most beloved Christmas songs of all time, but when you actually stop and think about it, it seems like the words and the upbeat music don’t actually really match. It is such a peppy, upbeat, and positive tune, but […]

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  • Hiding in Plain Sight

    This week’s text: Matthew 25:31-46 I would assume that your assumption is that today’s sermon is pretty predictable. We should do what the passage says—feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, care for the sick, and visit those in prison. If we do these things, we will be […]

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  • Night and Day

    This week’s text: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 Running through today’s passage are images of night and day, light and dark, and being awake and asleep. We who know and follow Christ are awake and live in the day time. Those who do not know Christ are asleep and are experiencing life as night. He then warns […]

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  • Whom Will You Serve?

    This week’s text: Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 Last week, the people of God crossed over the Jordan River into the Promised Land, and today we meet them as they are settling in after having won battles to claim the land from the people that were living there. We are at the end of Joshua’s life, and […]

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  • Makers of Dry Ground

    This week’s text: Joshua 3:7-17 Leaders, trailblazers, revolutionaries, agents for change—we have lots of names and images for people who make a way for others. Today’s Scripture passage gives us another: makers of dry ground. Today, we join God’s people at the final barrier to entering the Promised Land, the banks of the Jordan River. […]

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  • Changing the Mind of God

    This week’s text: Exodus 32:1-14 God is eternal and unchangeable. God is all knowing, all wise, and all powerful. God literally couldn’t have a change of mind because it would mean that God was wrong, and God is never wrong, right? It would mean that God was considering new information, and could we really trust […]

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  • Jesus and the Art of Improv, Week 5: Seeing the Invisible

    This Week’s Text: Luke 4:16-22 Improv really isn’t about being funny, although that helps. It is ultimately about making the invisible visible. It is about making the impossible possible. It is about making something that isn’t here present and real to the audience. The Kingdom of God works exactly like this! God’s Kingdom is both […]

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  • Jesus and the Art of Improv, Week 4: There are No Mistakes

    This Week’s Text: Mark 10:35-45 The fourth and final rule is that there are no mistakes, only opportunities. In improv, this rule, especially when combined with the first rule to say “yes,” allows us to discover new things together when we let go of our need to be right and follow where the group wants to […]

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  • Jesus and the Art of Improv, Week 3: Statements are Better Than Questions

    This Week’s Text: Matthew 14:13-21, 15:32-38 This week, we turn to the third rule of improv, which is to make statements. Another way of putting it is that statements are better than questions. In the world of improv, the cue to make statements plays off of the idea of “yes and.” What follows the “and” […]

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