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Only Fooling Ourselves

  Very quickly before we jump into our scripture reading for the morning, I want to fill in a few gaps.  First of all, the book of Hebrews is really a kind of sermon.  It was written to be read aloud to a group of people following the way of Jesus, and according to one

05 Sep 2018

Struggle for Control

Hebrews 2:1-9 2 This is why it’s necessary for us to pay more attention to what we have heard, or else we may drift away from it. 2 If the message that was spoken by angels was reliable, and every offense and act of disobedience received an appropriate consequence, 3 how will we escape if we ignore such a great

29 Aug 2018

Blind Familiarity

There’s a strange thing about our species, where when we spend too much time with something, we somehow stop really noticing it.  You can drive past a house almost every day on your way to work, and years might go by without you recognizing that it went from brown to blue, if you never caught

22 Aug 2018

Tighty-Whities of Truth

Ephesians 6:10-20, 23 10 Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and his powerful strength. 11 Put on God’s armor so that you can make a stand against the tricks of the devil. 12 We aren’t fighting against human enemies but against rulers, authorities, forces of cosmic darkness, and spiritual powers of evil in the heavens. 13 Therefore, pick up the full armor

14 Aug 2018

Photosynthesis and Sunburn

In his book Quantum Theology, Diarmuid O’Murchu writes: Four billion years ago the first cellular creatures appeared on earth.  Today we refer to them as blue-green algae.  These first simple cells did not breathe oxygen.  On the contrary, they produced it through a process we now take so much for granted: photosynthesis. For some four

08 Aug 2018

UnFading Fads

All of us love a good ‘before and after’ story, don’t we?  Most of us have soft-spots in our hearts for stories –whether they appear in books, reality, or in film- for characters who start out their journeys as optimistic, but hopelessly naïve individuals who, through whatever kind of heart-stopping roller-coaster ride of drama, end

01 Aug 2018

Holy Body Building

Ephesians 4:1-16 4 Therefore, as a prisoner for the Lord, I encourage you to live as people worthy of the call you received from God. 2 Conduct yourselves with all humility, gentleness, and patience. Accept each other with love, 3 and make an effort to preserve the unity of the Spirit with the peace that ties you together. 4 You are one

25 Jul 2018

Showing the Heavens

Showing the Heavens Before we really jump into things today, I just wanted to give you all some background on two significant points for our reading today. Because a lot has changed about our world over the last nearly two thousand years.  Or rather, our perceptions of it –and how it works- have dramatically changed. 

17 Jul 2018

Mind the Gap

Right after graduating from college, I took a trip to England.  It was the first time I had been abroad, and the first time I had ever flown on an airplane.  As it turned out, I also ended up getting a nasty sinus infection on the airplane on the way there, so I was down

11 Jul 2018

Ordinary Time

] From Rev. Phil Dicks

03 Jul 2018