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March 31, 2010 @ 8:18 am

Palm Sunday — 03-28-2010 — God’s Unlikely Revolution

Readings:

Isaiah 50:4-9a

Psalm31:9-16

Philippians 2:5-11

Luke 19:28-40 (from the Procession with Palms Liturgy)

Luke 22:14-23:56

Luke has continually pointed throughout his gospel to a coming upheaval in the world, poor being lifted up and the mighty being cast down from their thrones.  Jesus' entry into Jerusalem is the procession to his coronation as king.  Like Jehu in 2Kings, Jesus will seek to overthrow the foreign occupying power, but it not be the earthly power of Rome, but the power of sin that Jesus will unseat.

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March 21, 2010 @ 9:39 pm

Sermon — 5th Sunday in Lent — God begins with a snowflake

Readings:

Isaiah 43:16-21

Psalm 126

Philippians 3:4b-14

John 12:1-8

In the aftermath of the grandest of signs, raising Lazarus from the dead, a seemingly inconsequential act, anointing Jesus' feet with costly perfume, becomes the straw that breaks the camel's back.  Mary's act of devotion seals the deal.  There is no going back.  The world cannot stop it.

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March 14, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

Sermon — 4th Sunday in Lent — Our Prodigal God

Readings:

Joshua 5:9-12

Psalm 32

2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

The fourth Sunday in Lent offers us a little reprieve from the constant refrain of "Repent!" heard throughout the rest of Lent.  We hear today the misnamed parable of the Prodigal Son.  Others have tried to rename this parable the parable of the loving father, since it is primarily a parable about the father, not either of the sons.  I argue that the son's sinful prodigal (that is, foolishly extravagant) activities are answered by a welcome that is equally as prodigal, but rooted in evangelical compassion.  This is the parable of the Prodigal God.

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March 10, 2010 @ 10:52 pm

3rd Sunday in Lent — Repentance as Mercy

Reading:

Isaiah 55:1-9

Psalm 63:1-8

1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Luke 13:1-9

The Lenten call to "Repent!" continues.  But in a parable to his followers, Jesus tells of the mercy extended in the invitation to repentance.

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March 9, 2010 @ 10:25 pm

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