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The Rev. Chris Thomas

Salty Luminescence

Matthew 5:13-20

5th Sunday after Epiphany - Year A

February 09, 2014

The Rev. Chris Thomas (CBF)

Do you remember when you were a kid how much you just couldn't wait to grow up? I mean, there were those milestones we all looked forward to, those times when we were certain that if we could just reach that magical age we'd be as happy as we could ever dream. I remember when I was in my early teenage years how much I looked forward to turning sixteen. In fact, I turned sixteen in the year 2000, so I can remember, then, long before I was ever really religious, praying that if God could just hold off the approaching apocalypse until after I had my driver's license and a few months of legal driving under me, I'd be eternally grateful and do whatever it was God wanted me to do. I'm sure none of you has made such an irrational bargain with the Almighty before in your life. You see, I just wanted to drive, to experience the freedom that came with the open road and the feeling of controlling a one-ton metal machine all by myself. I couldn't wait to turn sixteen, to take that driver's test, to receive the little plastic card with my face on it in the mail that said I was a legal driver in the state of Alabama, a card that said to the world I was almost an adult.

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The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori: Being Salt in the World

The Right Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori (TEC)

Sermon for Kansas Diocesan Convention
Grace Cathedral, Topeka, Kansas

by The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori

I think most Americans would say that the average Midwesterner is "salt of the earth." It conveys the understanding that good common sense is present everywhere around here, that you aren't going to be lured away by the excesses of some dubious enterprise or flagrantly seductive advertising. Yet Kansas is hardly average. It's more like the community Garrison Keillor celebrates, even turning the cultural stereotypes upside down - good-looking men, strong women, and all the children above average- you are all of those and more!

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