Monthly Archives: February 2013

Finding Sanctuary

Today in Jerusalem, one can see the remains of an imposing wall built by Herod the Great as part of a massive temple renovations project. That temple stood for less than 100 years before being destroyed by the Romans. For … Continue reading

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Psalm 51: We Begin Again

We’re in the middle of winter, it’s still pretty dark in the morning when I get up to get ready for work, Mother Nature is still sound asleep, hibernating in the cold pre-spring weather, but suddenly it’s Lent again. Lent … Continue reading

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Scripture is DANGEROUS!

(Another sermon delivered to both  my parishes: Holy Redeemer Catholic Community and Grace St. John’s United Church of Christ.  For the doubters who think a Catholic priest cannot minister effectively to a UCC congregation…read on!) If you think about it, … Continue reading

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Cana’s Wedding

This is such a familiar story to us that we think we know what it’s about without even paying attention to it.  We call it “The Wedding Feast in Cana”, and we note how Jesus attended a wedding and apparently … Continue reading

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Baptism of the Lord

(This is a sermon I delivered at Grace St. John’s United Church of Christ, on Jan. 13, 2013.) Jesus is praying immediately after his baptism, the Holy Spirit descends on him in a physical form “like a dove”, and a … Continue reading

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