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First Sunday in Lent - Year C

February 14, 2016

The Rev. Christopher Girata (TEC)


Today's gospel lesson is one that many of us know in one form or another. This story of temptation in the wilderness is the middle of a three-part series of events that sets up Jesus's public ministry. These events ultimately led to Jesus answering his call and fulfilling his mission. We may be tempted to skip over this series of events and get to the ministry because we have inherited an understanding of Jesus, a theology of Jesus that has been developed over hundreds and hundreds of years, and so we know what happens, and we want to get to the point. But this series is incredibly important to all of us because this sequence of events shaped Jesus as a person. Jesus was called by the Spirit in baptism, tempted away from God in the wilderness, and finally chose to remain faithful to his mission and ministry. This series of steps can give us all a glimpse into how we, too, can answer the call God puts inside each one of us.

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February 08, 2016

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Lent

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

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February 11, 2016

Lillian Daniel: When Cells Differentiate

The Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel (UCC)

If you watch a time lapse video of a sunflower, you can watch months of growth in just a few moments. It's beautiful and poignant, to see the tiny seeds take shape, in fast forward.
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February 11, 2016

Lillian Daniel: When Cells Differentiate

The Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel (UCC)

If you watch a time lapse video of a sunflower, you can watch months of growth in just a few moments. It's beautiful and poignant, to see the tiny seeds take shape, in fast forward.


February 10, 2016

The Most Rev. Michael Curry: The Season of Lent

The Most Rev. Michael Curry (TEC)

'The season of Lent is upon us,' Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry says in his Message for Lent 2016. 'It is a season of making a renewed commitment to participate and be a part of the movement of Jesus in this world.'


February 09, 2016

David Crumm: Journey through Lent with inspiring guide James Martin SJ

David Crumm

After publishing many very popular, longer-format inspirational books, James Martin is publishing a short, small volume for Lent 2016: Seven Last Words—An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus.


February 09, 2016

Tony Robinson: NIMBY Alert

The Rev. Anthony Robinson (UCC)

We do often seem to think of the Christian faith as our human search for God, our feeble attempt to get close to God. The Bible tells a different story...


February 08, 2016

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Lent

The Rev. Frederick Buechner (PCUSA)

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February 08, 2016

ON Scripture: Revolutionary Love: Dismantling Hierarchy and Pushing Boundaries (Romans 10:8b-13) By Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

ON Scripture: The Bible

I must confess that I am an African-American woman, a Christian woman, a woman who believes there is more than one path to God. Working in the Black Lives Matter movement with people of many faiths, I get a little fidgety when I hear the words 'confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised him from the dead.'


February 07, 2016

Carl McColman: Is Mysticism Genetic?

Carl McColman (other)

A reader of this blog named Chris writes: I have been studying the German medieval mystics and I am strangely drawn to them. My ancestry is strongly German and my historical spiritual roots are there. Does God encode us with a certain kind of spiritual mystical DNA?


February 06, 2016

Frederick Schmidt: Dealing with Job’s Facebook Friends: 5 Thoughts on Suffering & Social Media

The Rev. Dr. Frederick Schmidt (TEC)

A dear friend who has navigated cancer of his own is now facing that journey with his wife. Her cancer, sadly, is far more virulent and, tied as it is, to a genetic marker, the little monster is not going away.


February 05, 2016

Eric Elnes: How to Pray For a Daughter With Brain Cancer (Or Anyone Else You Care About)

The Rev. Dr. Eric Elnes (UCC)

In my last post I promised to offer some guidelines I follow when praying for my daughter, Arianna, who was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor in 2008 and will be undergoing laser ablation therapy at the Cleveland Clinic in mid-February. These guidelines may be helpful for anyone who has the desire to pray for another but does not know quite how to go about it.


February 04, 2016

Brett Younger: Religious Terrorism

The Rev. Dr. Brett Younger (CBF)

I belong to a religious group that has been responsible for horrible acts of terrorism. The majority of us do not believe these terrorists are being true to our faith, but others insist on painting us all with the same brush. Religions that include terrorists are having a hard time, but I hope those with different religious heritages will treat us fairly.