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Date Posted: August 27, 2018

We’ve had it backwards all this time: Reflections on worship and prayer

When I was a little kid in Arkansas, back at Egypt Missionary Baptist Church, our little church had a tradition—one that I wonder would be meaningful here. The first Sunday...

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Date Posted: August 13, 2018

You Are What You Eat: Further Reflections on the Church as a School of Divine Union

The angel of the Lord came a second time to Elijah, touched him, and said, “Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.”  I want to return this morning to an image or theme that I raised a few weeks ago, the invitation we have...

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Date Posted: August 6, 2018

A Worthy Life

There is another Grace Church in my life, as dear to me in many ways as this Grace is. She’s a little younger, built in 1891, a Carpenter Gothic very tiny building nestled in the center of 27 acres, 12 of which are carefully landscaped, with brick pathways that wind...

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Date Posted: July 31, 2018

There is Enough: Breadth, Length, Height, and Depth

While finishing the latest edit on my chapter for the upcoming book, I went back to the one book that launched my entire exploration of contemplative prayer.  Some 16 years ago, when I arrived at Columbia Seminary, I bought a book by Richard Foster: Celebration of Discipline.  At that time, I dug...

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Date Posted: July 17, 2018

There is no “other”: Full, Resonant Harmony

Previously on Sermons: We have explored a core quality of our existence, with the realization that, in God’s vision for life, there is no “other,” that all is held and connected within God’s embrace.  We have explored that it is our own sinful grasping onto illusory separateness that causes our...

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Date Posted: July 10, 2018

There is No “Other”: Listening, Curiosity, and a Witnessing Presence

Previously on Sermons: last week, we looked at the dynamic of encountering “the other,” and how, through the person of Jesus and his encounter with the ostracized, bleeding woman, we see that, in God’s own vision, there is, essentially, no “other.”  We are all connected through the Spirit of Christ...

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Date Posted: June 25, 2018

Grace, Mercy, and Love

Thank you for returning for the next installment in the series of family systems sermons, based on the Royal family of Israel. Last week we talked about the almost inexplicable phenomenon of thinking about someone every day when for one or another reason we know it is unlikely we will ever see...

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Date Posted: June 19, 2018

Father’s Day

I want to wish a very happy Father’s Day to all of you fathers. I have nothing but praise for what you do. Especially at this time in our world as we see firsthand the great risks that many parents take in order to protect and preserve the lives of...

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Date Posted: June 12, 2018

On Family Systems, Tribes, and the Dynamics of Belonging

When Laura Masterson was here last week, offering her powerful sermon on breaking down our tendency to categorize each other, she mentioned to me that she was beginning her Summer session of Clinical Pastoral Education at a local hospital there in Austin.  It made me think back to my time...

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Date Posted: June 6, 2018

Hineni

You know how when you sit down to write a sermon, you get up for a break to feed peacocks? Yeah, I thought so. My friend, Lauren, had asked me if I wanted to go to this state park that had free range peacocks. She was going to bring raisins...

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