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The Rev. John Gunn

When a Sinner Repents

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. -- Luke 15:10

In De Profundis, written by Oscar Wilde when he was imprisoned for his wretched wrong-doing, is this striking sentence: "The highest moment in a man's career may be the hour when he kneels in the dust and beats upon his breast and tells all the sins of his life."

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The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams

Why Can't We Pull Up the Weeds?

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany - Year B

February 19, 2006

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

Proud people that we are, O God, we bow our heads before you, move our souls to praise you as we ought, and grant us humble hearts that we may receive what you have revealed and do what you command for the sake of Christ our Lord. Amen.

September a year ago I began a new ministry in a lovely little church in Atlanta. It is a sturdy brick edifice with a tall steeple and wide front doors. The church sits back from the street on a hill, creating a vista that pleases the eye. The lawn begins level with the sidewalk, then it descends and rises. It's pretty enough to be on a postcard, or so I thought until the first spring came. I was expecting a nice carpet of grass to appear, but what showed up instead was everything but grass. Dandelions, thistles, and crabgrass covered the front yard. All that was missing were kudzu and seaweed.

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