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1 Peter 1:17-23

Easter 3A

A few years ago the University of Maryland’s football team found itself in trouble at halftime of one of the biggest games in its history.  It didn’t just trail North Carolina State’s team.  Maryland’s team also hadn’t played very well. Maryland’s head coach Ralph Friedgen knew he had to motivate his team to play better…

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1 Peter 1:3-9

Easter 2A

When my wife and I drew up our first will after our oldest son was born, we didn’t have many material assets.  So our will mostly addressed who would care for our children if we predeceased them. We later revised our will to include instructions about who will inherit what when we die.  Yet, candidly,…

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Symposium 2020: Living as Holy

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Symposium 2020: A Living Hope

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1 Peter 1:17-23

Easter 3A

Years ago I read a book by the celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.  And it became clear in reading it that he is someone whom I can describe only as a thoroughly secular person.  This particular book was a kind of memoir in which Bourdain narrated his story.  Of course, I read books all the time…

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1 Peter 1:3-9

Easter 2A

For all its lyric beauty, at the end of it all these verses from 1 Peter 1 represent a central paradox of the faith, one that Peter seems to be working his own way through even as he writes these words.  As an Eastertide text, it’s clear enough to see Peter’s celebration of the resurrection…

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