Author Archives: s wiles

the heart of the matter

Last week. It was a rough one. There was the Boston bombing on Monday, the explosion in Texas on Wednesday. The families from Newtown were back in the news on Wednesday as the Senate decided not to take action. Then … Continue reading

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back to life, back to reality

Two Sundays past Easter and the flowers have faded. Our story brought us back to the beginning, to the Sea of Galilee, where the disciples first met Jesus. They go fishing like nothing had ever happened. Read the rest of … Continue reading

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practicing temptation

We began Lent with the classic story of Jesus and the devil facing off in the desert. This year we considered how we’re tempted to think we can do it all ourselves, and how Lent might be a time to … Continue reading

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mountains and valleys

Sunday was Transfiguration Sunday. It’s always a strange Sunday to me. It’s an odd story of Jesus being transformer-like and old dead guys appearing. And unlike many of the strange stories in the Bible which we tend to hide under … Continue reading

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the heart of the matter

On Sunday we looked at Jesus’ first sermon. It’s more or less his mission statement. Thoughts after the jump. ***

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full to overflowing

  We heard the story of the wedding at Cana yesterday. It’s one of my favorite stories. There are layers and layers of meaning, but at its heart, it’s the story of Jesus making more wine when a party ran … Continue reading

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gifts of baptism

Yesterday we celebrated the baptism of Jesus. Which raised the question: what’s the big deal with baptism? Why was Jesus baptized? And why should we be? Thoughts after the jump.

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