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Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost 2011

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Gospel: Philippians 2:1-13 I couldn’t resist preaching from the epistle today.  Partially because I find it one of the most beautiful passages in scripture – a poetic description of what it means to be a Jesus’ follower, calling us to humility, even as the Son of God humbled himself.  But also because in this letter […]

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Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost 2011

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Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16 Christian interpreters of today’s gospel reading have been, for centuries, quick to turn the parable of “The Laborers in the Vineyard” into allegory – imagining the landowner as a stand-in for God, the vineyard as the world, and the early and late workers as either those who followed Christ early in his […]

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Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost 2011

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Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35 How often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. I took my first canoe trip down the Rio Grande when I was about 19, on spring break from my studies at the University of Texas.  The float trip […]

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Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost 2011

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Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20 Had Matthew been composing his gospel in these days of Facebook, instead of starting this reading with “If another member of the church sins against you…” he might have written “before you unfriend someone…” Facebook makes it easy to end relationships, but Matthew suggested we find ways to keep them alive. Part […]