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The Rev. Dr. Christopher Girata

Your Prophetic Voice

Luke 13:31-35

Second Sunday in Lent - Year C

February 21, 2016

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Girata (TEC)


A few weeks ago, I received a video link from a friend. In the video, a young man performed a small-scale experiment, a "social experiment" if you will, on the streets of New York. As he sat on the sidewalk by himself, leaning up against a storefront window, the young man held a sign that read, "Homeless: need money for weed, drugs, and alcohol." As people walk by in the video, numerous people stopped to give him money. Some of the people who toss money into his cup say things like, "Stay high man, stay high," and "make sure you get a big bottle." After collecting a meaningful amount of money, his cup filled with cash, the screen goes dark.

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The Rev. Duane Steele

The Blind Man Who Knew Too Much

John 9:1-13, 28-41

4th Sunday in Lent - Year A

March 30, 2014

The Rev. Duane Steele (ELCA)

I believe the man in John 9 is one of the most misunderstood people in the Bible. Apparently his witness was so powerful, the crowds continued to talk about his story in John 10:21 and 11:37, but we don't even get to know his name. To most of his neighbors and to us today, he is simply "the blind man" or "the formerly blind man." Many preachers use this man's story to talk about "darkness and light" or "ignorance and wisdom," and many Bible publishers add the heading "Spiritual Blindness" to this text, as though the man in this story were a symbolic object instead of a real person.

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