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Sermons on Luke

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  • The only way through is together

    The only way through is together

    Luke 24.45–53; Acts 1:1–11

    That God of unity sends, at maybe one of the scariest moments of the disciples’ lives, heavenly beings to be in companionship with the disciples. That relational God charges the disciples to stay together, waiting for the power of God to come upon them. And as we’ll discuss next week in the Pentecost story, when…

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  • Dominant powers versus ultimate powers

    Dominant powers versus ultimate powers

    Jeremiah 23.1–4; Luke 23.33–43

    It was starting to feeling like maybe, just maybe, the bad guys didn’t have to keep winning. Maybe giants could fall. Maybe, as the Reverend Nadia Bolz-Weber says, dominant powers would not turn out to be ultimate powers. The next Halloween, for my work’s costume contest, I dressed up for Halloween as a cell phone…

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  • What you get when you sell all you have

    What you get when you sell all you have

    Luke 18.18–30

    One of the most respected dictionaries of ecclesiastical Greek tells us this is often used as a foil to the “fragmentary and frail” life of this world, that it’s something you seek to acquire now as much as in the future. It’s sort of an exchange you make, where you give up attachment to the…

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  • Why I won’t give up the “s” word

    Why I won’t give up the “s” word

    Luke 11.49-52; 18.1-8

    Each of the gospels–Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John–have their own way of telling the story of Jesus. The author of Luke gave us a literary epic. We get the whole story of Jesus, from birth to resurrection, with a big chunk in the middle that is focused on Jesus’ public teachings. Luke spends 60% of…

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  • The father who forgot to count

    The father who forgot to count

    Luke 15.11–32

    The story that Tim just read is a children’s adaptation of the scripture for today, a parable you may have heard described as the story of the “prodigal son.” The most popular contemporary interpretations would tell you that this is a story about redemption. A young son of a rich man disrespects his father, asking…

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  • Advent I: Hope and Bicycles

    Advent I: Hope and Bicycles

    Luke 21.25–36

    I was a little puzzled the first time I learned this is the passage for the first Sunday of Advent in Year C. And I must confess, I rolled my eyes a little when Pastor Kelly told me you all would be on the lectionary for Advent. After all, the theme for this week is…

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