When what I say does. not. matter. (A sermon on Mark 10:2-16)

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This is a difficult text to preach, on a difficult week to preach. The confirmation hearing and vote that took place over the past couple of weeks left many women (not all, but many), and many survivors of abuse and assault (maybe all), with the sinking feeling that their stories, our stories, even when they …

“Our Stories are Connected” A sermon on Mark 5:21-43

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Our text today tells two very different, but intertwined stories: a parent desperately trying to save his daughter, and an unnamed woman desperately trying to save herself. First, we have Jairus, a leader of the local synagogue, who comes to Jesus, groveling at his feet. Jairus is a man of great privilege: respected, well-off (as …

“In Which No One Gets What They Want,” a Sermon on Luke 8:26-39

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One of my parents’ favorite stories to tell about me as a little girl was a time that we were all sitting around the dinner table about to eat. I was three or four years old, and they asked me to say the blessing. As the story goes, I thanked Jesus for the food and …

“Mary’s Journal,” An Ascension Sermon on Acts 1:1-14

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I’ve never thought much about who was there at Jesus’ ascension. We read it twice today, in two different versions, and I bet we’re all imagining a group of men – the twelve who are etched into our religious imaginations by our gospel authors. But when I was in Greece last Fall, I was surprised …

“Face-Off” A Sermon on Acts 4:5-13

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  Scripture Reading: Acts 4:5-13 The next day their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem,with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” Then Peter, …