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March 21, 2011 @ 10:59 am

Lent 2A — God and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad World

Reading:

John 3:1-21

Throughout the gospel of John, the world is always seen in opposition to God and in need of redemption, for which Jesus is sent.  God does not deal with this opposition the way we might like to deal with it, running away and cutting it off from our lives.  Instead God in his love for the world that opposes him, sends Jesus to enter into the brokenness and save the world.

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March 21, 2011 @ 10:55 am

Lenten Midweek Reflection: What Does It Mean to Be the Church?

Our theme "Jesus is the Answer! What are the Questions?" continue rom Advent during our Lenten midweek services.

For our first week's service the question was asked, "What does it mean to be the Church? Are we to feed the hungry or preach the gospel?"

Here is my reflection along with some more questions along the way.

BTW: The recording is 40 minutes or so.  You might want to download it rather than stream it.

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March 14, 2011 @ 10:09 pm

Lent 1A — Obedience as Freedom

Readings:

Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7

Matthew 4:1-11

The temptation of humanity in the garden of Eden showed the allure of our desire for freedom.  That notion is misplaced however.  Jesus' temptation by Satan stops the lie of freedom and instead shows obedience as the true form of freedom.

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March 14, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

Ash Wednesday — Appetites and Bodies

Reading:

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

In the midst of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, he gives people instructions  about the proper motivations for acts of devotion--prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  Our acts of mercy are ways God gives us to train our bodies and spirits in the ways God desires for us.

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March 7, 2011 @ 8:50 am

Transfiguration — The Art of the Preview

Reading:

Matthew 17:1-9

The Transfiguration story gives its readers and hearers a glimpse of Jesus' full glory.  It is also a preview of the entire story of Jesus wrapped up in God's story of salvation.

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