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The Rev. Dr. Patrick Keen

A Bad Case of the I-Can't-Help-It

Jeremiah 20:7-9

Proper 7 - Year A

June 22, 2008

The Rev. Dr. Patrick Keen (ELCA)

Church, I have a bad case of the I can't help it!

I have to admit that I did not want to be a preacher or pastor. As a matter of fact I vowed that I would not be as my father was a pastor and that was not the life I wanted for myself. I did not want that life for myself or my family. A life of neglect of family needs and a time spent together because of ministry needs, and abuse by the hands of people who you care for and minister to. A life of being under paid and overworked. No, I did not want that kind of life.

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The Rev. Dr. Patrick Keen

A Great Time to Be the Church

Matthew 9:35-10:1

Proper 6 - Year A

June 15, 2008

The Rev. Dr. Patrick Keen (ELCA)

There have been many times in the history of the church for the church to manifest itself as the body of Christ. There have been times when the church has stood up to the challenge, and times when the church has utterly failed.

When Madalyn Murray O'Hair challenged prayer in schools, this was an opportunity for the church to stand and speak out against this movement which has fostered other anti-religious movements in our nation and even around the world. The church failed to be the church in response to this attack.

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