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Matthew 2:13-23

Christmas 1A

Wasn’t it just Christmas four days ago?  Didn’t we all just get to visit the manger again, sing all those wonderful carols, feel aglow in the wash of twinkling lights and glimpses of angels fluttering overhead?  But now Matthew, fresh off his exceedingly short birth narrative in chapter 1 and then the Magi story at…

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Matthew 2:1-12

Epiphany C

Strange, isn’t it?  For ever-so-long now the Church has often been seen by those outside of the Church—and not infrequently by even a good many folks inside the Church—as being a kind of exclusive club.   Too often it all comes down to who’s in, who’s out.  In history popes and other religious leaders have used…

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Matthew 2:13-23

1st Sunday after Christmas A

There’s nothing like kicking off a new year with a story about slaughtered babies . . .   But there it is.  New Year’s Day 2017 falls on a Sunday, and if bleary-eyed people who stayed up for champagne and the Times Square ball-drop manage to get to church the following morning—it’s really the same morning—and…

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The Epiphany of Surprise

from 2009

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Looking for the Brightness of God

Preached at Woodlawn Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI on January 6, 2008. Used by permission of Woodlawn.

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Lullaby for the Dying

2006-12-20T00:00:00

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Matthew 2:1-12

Epiphany C

Comments, Observations, and Questions to Consider Strange, isn’t it?   For ever-so-long now the Church has often been seen by those outside of the Church—and not infrequently by even a good many folks inside the Church—as being a kind of exclusive club.   Too often it all comes down to who’s in, who’s out.  In history popes…

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