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The Rev. Jason Micheli

Jason Micheli: God Is the Bigger Elvis

Colossians 2:6-15

7th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

July 28, 2019

The Rev. Jason Micheli (UMC)


Today's passage begins the heart of the apostle Paul's argument in his letter to the Colossians, and it's a passage that begs an obvious and inescapable question.

Not - "Why are there so few praise songs about circumcision?"

That's not the question.

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The Very Rev. David Hodges

David Hodges: Return as Far as You Can

Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

4th Sunday in Lent - Year C

March 31, 2019

The Very Rev. David Hodges (TEC)


When my son, Burton, was a young boy, we were living in Austin, Texas and I took him to the airport one afternoon to meet my parents. Burton was excited about seeing his grandparents but also about going to the airport and since there were no security restrictions back then, we waited at the gate. The terminal was small and shaped like a pod, and there were several gates and a lot. of people waiting. As soon as he saw his grandparents, Burton ran to meet them - but as my parents and I started to walk toward the hallway to baggage claim, I looked around and did not see Burton anywhere.

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The Rev. Susan Sparks (ABCUSA)

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The Rev. William Flippin, Jr. (ELCA)

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