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Pan and the Dancing Goats

Year A Isaiah 51:1-6 Psalm 138 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20 May the words of my mouth… O God… speak your Truth… Caesarea Philippi… where today’s Gospel story takes place… is in the northern part of Israel… it’s north of Galilee… north of the Sea of Galilee… much nearer to Lebanon than to Jerusalem… it’s...

Created to Create Justice

Year A Isaiah 56:1,6-8 Psalm 67 Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 Matthew 15: 21-28 May the words of my mouth… O God… speak your Truth… Joel and I like watching those remodeling shows on Home and Garden TV… like Fixer Upper… and Home Town… shows where the stars… I guess we could call them that… work...

Swirling Around the Center

Year A 1 Kings 19:9-18 Psalm 85:8-13 Romans 10:5-15 Matthew 14:22-33 May the words of my mouth… O God… speak your Truth… At the beginning of this chapter of 1Kings… Jezebel sends a messenger to Elijah… telling him that she intends to kill him that very day… Elijah has just killed the 450 prophets...

Wrestling with Myself

Year A Genesis 32:22-31 Psalm 17:1-7,16 Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:13-21 May the words of my mouth… O God… speak your Truth… For the last several weeks… we’ve heard about how God’s Word… sown in good soil… can bear much fruit… up to one-hundred fold… we’ve heard about bad weeds sown among good wheat… and...

To Hear Justice

Year A 1 Kings 3:5-12 Psalm 119:129-136 Romans 8:26-39 Matthew 13:31-33,44-52 May the words of my mouth… O God… speak your Truth… so that anyone with ears… may hear… Our readings today may seem a bit disconnected… you may wonder what Solomon asking God for Wisdom… has to do with mustard seeds… and yeast…...