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Wilderness Roads

A sermon preached at John Knox Presbyterian Kirk in Kansas City on May 3, 2015. Acts 8:26-40 Isa 56:3-6 The angel of the Lord speaks to Phillip and sends him to the Gaza Road. Just as people don’t take that road voluntarily today, so did they stay away from it then. It is a wilderness…

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Brave New Mother’s Day

I’ve blogged about my conflicted relationship with Mother’s Day before. Each year I implore my clergy colleagues to stop celebrating Mother’s Day in worship. It is a Hallmark holiday, not a liturgical one. And Mother’s Day is a painful day for many people already. Let’s not make it worse. Anyway. I digress. This Mother’s Day,…

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Making Me Lie Down

A Sabbath Sermon from Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho Psalm 23    (trans. by Robert Alter) The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. In grass meadows He makes me lie down, by quiet waters guides me. My life He brings back. He leads me on pathways of justice for His name’s sake. Though…