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Reformation October 27

We commemorate the Reformation as a time when the freedom found in knowing Jesus and his saving work was discovered anew. Five hundred years later it is easy for the newness of this message to be part of our old story. It is easy to look past how much has changed in our own lives […]

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Pentecost 19 October 20

Today’s gospel is an encouragement to always be in prayer, but the parable Jesus uses to urge people to pray is a complicated one. Jesus says the judge is unjust. The widow in the story is persistent in pestering the judge for the verdict she seeks. The judge is not convinced by evidence or reason, […]

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Pentecost 18 October 13

There is a running joke in some congregations that Lutherans do not sit in the first several rows of the worship space. We may seek the front-row seats at concerts, sporting events, and elementary school award ceremonies. We like to be close to the action. Yet, when the action is the word of God read […]

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Pentecost 17 October 6

“Increase our faith!” (Luke 17:5). This request from the disciples seems perfectly reasonable. Jesus’ response about faith the size of a mustard seed defies the disciples’ expectations of what an increase in faith looks like. He then shares a reflection about obedience and humility. An increase in faith, Jesus seems to be saying, does not […]

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St. Michael and All Angels September 29

Today we celebrate and give thanks for the angels, especially Saint Michael and the unnamed angels who fought with him against Satan. It is not very often that we contemplate the angels in Lutheran tradition; while we do mention them in portions of our liturgy, we rarely name them as specifically as we do today. […]

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Pentecost 15 September 22

In the gospel today when Jesus so clearly states that we “cannot serve God and wealth” (Luke 16:13), we are called to think about who—and what—we serve. How do we follow wealth around, acting as its servants? How do we allow money to dictate our actions, our lives, and our very identities? No matter how […]

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Pentecost 14 September 15

We get lost. And yet, God searches for us. God stops at nothing to find us. God rejoices over us. In baptism, God finds us—for good. Claimed as Christ’s own, we are never so lost that we can’t be found. In holy communion, God finds us—for good. Called out of our wayward wandering and forgiven […]

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Pentecost 13 September 8

The words from Jesus today might make us squirm a bit, and we might prefer to gloss over them. Hate our family members? Hate life itself? Give up all our possessions? It all sounds so extreme. But then again, Jesus is not known to mince words or soften the edges of his speech to suit […]

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Pentecost 12 September 1

Today we hear the call to look beyond the familiar, to look around the edges of our known community and beyond our comfort zones. We are called to deliberately seek out the overlooked. We are called to look directly into the eyes that others avoid. Maybe that person is someone you would typically avoid because […]

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Pentecost 11 August 25

Some of us live with chronic pain or disability as part of our daily lives. All of us know that our bodies are vulnerable, subject to illness or injury. In today’s gospel, Jesus heals a woman who has lived with a disability for eighteen years. There are times when we wish for a miraculous healing, […]

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