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Sermon Themes for Ephesians 4-6?

I’m looking for advice on August theme ideas for preaching from Ephesians 4-6. I’m following the 3-year lectionary, and each of the four passages includes the thread of our speech, our words—to each other and to God. I have a … Continue reading

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Learning to Pray with Prayer Beads

When I pray, my mind wanders everywhere. I start praying for a friend or something about my job…. A few minutes later, I’m planning a trip or a sermon—Hey, was I praying? Sorry about that, God. Uh, where was I? … Continue reading

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Do Life Together

“Everyone stand up! Remain standing as long as you answer yes to my questions.” We were introducing new people in a group I hang out with. The questions would thin us out until the honored new member stood alone. First … Continue reading

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Learning to Pray…Through the Lord’s Prayer

How can I say “Yes” to Jesus today? We sometimes complicate what Jesus made simple. Jesus told people plainly, “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name….” (Matthew 6:9-14). Another time, when his … Continue reading

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Martha or Mary?

reflection on Luke 10:38-42 (Christ in the House of Martha and Mary, Johannes Vermeer, 1655) Mary, Mary, we will bury All our hidden idols here. As we listen, God will christen Every moment, every tear. He may soak us, sometimes … Continue reading

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Off the Couch

In October 2009 I climbed off the couch. I stretched and stretched and stretched. I psyched myself up. I recalled days of yore when I ran over hills, across meadows, and around the asphalt track again and again and again … Continue reading

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Martini Christians

Too many Christians are like a James Bond martini—“shaken, not stirred.” We talk about God rather than talk to God. We walk around need rather than follow the steps of the Good Samaritan. We welcome affirmations for leadership while declining … Continue reading

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