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caught in the whirlwind / dry as a bone

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& i don't think that i can make it on my own

A sermon on the parable of the rich man and Lazarus:
He’d been a success his entire life. There wasn’t any deal he couldn’t close. And he put his skills to work building up his wealth. In fact, his life was a testament to his success. He was always dressed in the latest fashions, and he could usually be found at the trendiest restaurants, too. He was nothing like those louts who always seemed to be milling at the gates of his condominiums. Begging. He knew how to get along in this life…
But it turns out he did have something in common with all those folks; because like everyone else, he died. And there, in his death, all his success turns out to have counted for very little. None of his Italian suits or his reserved table at the 21 Club, can stave off death. 
Be he’s not to be deterred by a little thing like his death. So the rich man does what he does best. There in Hades, of all places, and with Abraham of all people he he wheels and …

there's no shade

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in the shadow of the cross

A sermon from the 13th chapter of Luke:
In the Gospel we hear as some folks with an obsessions with morbid headlines come up to Jesus. “Did you hear about that story, ‘18 struck down in when madman Pilate sent soldiers into the temple?’”In reply Jesus doesn’t offer any explanations, or even words of comfort. Instead, he talks about something we don’t expect given the question hanging in the air. Repentance. Repent.
And let’s be honest, these days, the word repent has a decidedly negative connotation…Well, this Lent I haven’t had the heart to lay it on too thick… Because I don’t have to be the one to tell you how broken things are. Do I?We all know that already… 
Which is why I’ve been thinking a lot of about how this life Jesus calls us to isn’t a another thing to do, a way to be more religious. How Jesus calls us to a lite that’s fully human. How, at it’s heart, that’s what Lent is all about. Reclaiming the life Jesus offers.
Remember; Jesus is fully divine, yes…

we start that long walk into town

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where we show a little mercy

A sermon from Luke 10:25-42:
A lawyer stands up. Testing Jesus with a question he thinksalready knows the answer to. “Teacher, What must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus tosses the question right back. “You seem like the kind of guy who got perfect attendance in Sunday School. I bet you know. What have you year in the Bible?”And like the know-it-all the guy is, he gives the textbook answer. Word for word… Turning to leave, Jesus shrugs. “You obviously have your answer. Do that.”
But not to be put off so easily, the lawyer asks his now infamous follow-up; “And who, exactly, is my neighbor?”And you know the rest, don’t you? Why, this parable is so popular, it even has laws named after it. You too figure you already know the moral, the point of this parable…
But does it ever bother you? That disconnect between what happens here and the rest of your life? The way the moral, the point never actually carries over into real life all that well?
…Today we hear Jesus …

what's really hard about lent

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We’re all just a bunch of sinners, free-riding on Jesus


Living out the faith is not easy. In an important way, that’s what Lent is all about. Coming to terms with the challenge of the call to which we have been called (Ephesians 4:1). The thing is, Christianity isn’t challenging just because it’s hard; although it is. Christianity is challenging because it doesn’t come naturally to us. The faith is built on all sorts of claims we would never come up with on our own. For instance, we will begin Lent with a reminder of our mortality. Now, I don’t know about you, but most of the messages I hear are promises I can live forever. That this or that will help me cheat death. Christianity will have no truck with such lies, though.That’s what’s really challenging about Lent. It isn’t giving up the swears or chocolate; although that may be hard. And it isn’t the call to works of love, either; although those can be difficult too. No, Lent is a challenge because it forces us to tell the truth.The t…

i got angels all around me

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got love all around me

A sermon from Jesus' pivot to Jerusalem for Ash Wednesday:
When I stopped running and started going to the gym, I read a few articles about how to stick with it. The reason I was joining a gym in the first place was because my discipline to keep running by myself was rapidly waning…My favorite piece of advice was to watch inspirational films.You know; Rocky, Rudy, Hoosiers, Miracle. Those kind of movies…
Turns out; I’m a total sucker for these movies. Sometimes Amanda will pop in, and catch me wiping tears from my face. “Are you crying,” she will ask.And I will mutter back, “Only the manliest of tears.”
Maybe you’ve seen these movies. Even if you haven’t, though; you already know their plot. The hero faces some challenge. Some challenge that, as things stand, the hero cannot best. To overcome the trial, the hero must go on a journey to acquire the key that will turn the tides in their favor. After not a few tribulations, the hero returns with the key and overcom…

because tramps like us

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baby, we were born to run

A sermon on Simon and the sinful woman:
Bruce Springsteen’s breakout, third album, “Born to Run” is a gem. With Born to Run, Springsteen swung for the fences. He had a sound he wanted, and the studio put a bunch of money behind the album so he could have one last shot to break through to a larger audience. 
And with Born to Run, Springsteen managed to do it all. The album was a critical success, and he managed to out out an album that sounded like Roy Orbison singing Bob Dylan, and had been produced by Phil Spector. It’s an album with the swagger of a young man full of confidence and optimism. Embodied by the song the album takes its name from, “Born to Run.”Cause, tramps like us, baby we were born to run.
His next, and best, album “Darkness on the Edge of Town” would reckon with the limits of such joyrides. Because although he was right, tramps like us are born to run; you can’t run forever. And, there are some things you can’t outrun — no matter how hard you tr…