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The Rev. Beth Birkholz

Beth Birkholz: Surrounded by Superheroes

Hebrews 11:29--12:2

13th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

August 14, 2016

The Rev. Beth Birkholz (ELCA)


I am a person who loves new things. I'm getting older, but I still love trying new things, and I hope that's something that always stays with me. Every time I try to accomplish something new, the first thing I do is read the stories of the people who have done whatever it is before I have.

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The Rev. Dr. Randall K. Bush

Serious Stories

Luke 24:36b-48

3rd Sunday of Easter - Year B

April 22, 2012

The Rev. Dr. Randall Bush (PCUSA)

Imagine that you're at a dinner party, standing by the fireplace with a small plate of hors d'oeuvres, when you mention to the people nearby that you'd like to talk about Easter. Imagine someone responding, "No, thank you, we are having a serious discussion about education in America." So you listen for a while as they discuss things like class sizes, teachers' salaries, and how high their property taxes are. Then they start reminiscing about their own school days, yellow school buses, packing a lunch, high school proms, and pop quizzes. You want to interrupt and bring up other details, such as how too many teachers burn out or end up having to buy class supplies with their own money, or how peer pressure can be so destructive that it leads many young people to consider suicide; but there's never a break in the conversation.

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