What is Love? The Fifth Sunday of Easter 4/29/18

1 John 4:7-21 I feel that we often come back to music in the sermon. Last month I preached and talked about how punk gave me a lens to understand the world. And then last week Traci, who wasn’t here when I preached, talked about punk and how music helped express what she was feeling. …

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The Shema and a Modern Understanding of Law

What is the Law? When we say “the law” in connection with the Old Testament, the Bible, or the church, what comes to mind? Broadly we think of the various law codes that are found throughout the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. These laws span a vast time period from the exodus, through …

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Unity in Diversity (Second Sunday of Easter 4/8)

Before we get to the main theme for this morning I want to address the Gospel reading briefly. The story that is told is about Jesus appearing to the disciples following his resurrection, specifically when he appeared to Thomas following his expressions of doubt. Thomas has become known as “Doubting Thomas.” No exactly the most …

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