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Colossians 3:1-11

Proper 13C

Few issues roil the 21st century North American church more than those that revolve around human sexuality. North American Christians spend much time arguing about extra-marital sex, same sex attraction and marriage, as well as gender dysphoria. Churches and denominations are dividing, whether formally or informally, around the appropriateness or inappropriateness of various sexual behaviors….

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Colossians 3:12-17

1st Sunday after Christmas C

Commentators use a variety of terms to describe this Sunday’s Epistolary Lesson’s set of ethical commands. Leonard Klein calls it a “haustafel, a table of duties for those in various estates.” Elsewhere I have called it “the Christian’s wardrobe.” Yet no matter how its proclaimers label Colossians 3’s set of invitations to Christ-likeness, there can…

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Colossians 3:1-4

Easter Day A

On that glorious first Easter morning an angel shocked people by insisting that God had raised Jesus from the dead.  Two thousand years later an aging apostle may no less shock Colossians 3:1-4’s proclaimers and hearers by insisting that God also raised us with Christ. After all, if it’s sometimes hard to believe that Jesus…

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Colossians 3:1-11

Proper 13C

On that glorious first Easter morning an angel told the two Mary’s that God had raised Christ from the dead.  Two thousand years later God’s adopted sons and daughters hear an aging apostle tells us that God also somehow raised us with Christ. But if it’s sometimes a little hard to believe that God raised…

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Colossians 3:12-17

Christmas 1C

Some people who proclaim Colossians 3 this week are old enough to remember a kind of worship battle that largely preceded today’s battles over music.  Some of those battles were fought over appropriate clothing for wearing to worship. During the 1960’s and 70’s my dad always wore a suit and tie and my mom wore…

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Colossians 3:1-4

Easter Day A

No one likes being accused of “being so heavenly minded as to be of no earthly good.”  Karl Marx has his own version of this (religion = narcotic) as have any number of cynics and critics of faith.  Yet there it is in Colossians 3: if you have been raised with Christ, set your minds…

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Colossians 3:1-11

Proper 13C

In his book The Divine Conspiracy Dallas Willard claimed we live in a strange time when trite slogans fill our lives. We live in a world where one of the best-known jingles of the last quarter-century was “Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Meyer wiener. That is what I really want to be. For…

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Colossians 3:12-17

1st Sunday after Christmas C

The Sunday between Christmas and New Year’s Day is a good day to find a guest preacher to fill in for you. I mean, after all the hoopla of the holidays, people are exhausted and after exploring the depths and heights of the Incarnation. So is the preacher. What do you say on this first…

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And Give Thanks

2011-01-18

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Set Your Minds

5/4/2009

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