Re-reading the Bible: “Tired of Being Mean”

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Responding to “The Nashville Statement.” I’m going to apologize in advance, because my sermon is a little bit longer than usual this morning. But there is something on my heart that needs to be shared First, let’s begin by taking a look at the passage from Romans we read this morning. Romans 12:9-21 9Let love […]

About violence: We are thermostats, not thermometers

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Thermostats set the temperature Today’s reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans goes like this: 1I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. (reasonable service)  2Do not be conformed to this […]

Table Scraps and Divine Mercy

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Who gets God’s mercy? Not them! Jesus certainly seems to have a knack for upsetting the orthodox, religiously impeccable Jewish authorities. Their carefully defined practices for maintaining ritual purity have been debated by the wisest of rabbis over time and serve as their assurance that they will be received into the presence of the Most […]