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Sunday
Feb282010

In Good Time

Today’s bumper sticker theology: “Born OK the first time.” Time features heavily in our readings for this week. I did a lot of research on time this week—it was fascinating stuff, but the sort of thing I suspect that only the truly curious care about. I’ve summed it up as best I can by sharing a comic in your bulletin from one of my favorite online strips, xkcd. If you find this comic funny, you are very weird and highly educated. Sir, madame: I salute you.

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Sunday
Feb212010

Disillusioned

Today’s bumper sticker theology (one of my favorites): “Comfort the afflicted; afflict the comfortable.” However you find yourself right now, stop. Observe the world around you. I love the sun. I love the rain. Some days, we get both at the same time. I brought bubble wrap today. I enjoy popping bubble wrap.

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Sunday
Feb142010

The Look of Love

Today’s bumper sticker theology: “If evolution is outlawed, only outlaws will evolve.” As you may know, today is Valentine’s Day. If you forgot this, and you feel like it might have been important for you to remember, the QFC at the top of the hill has a serviceable floral department. On a completely unrelated note, an audio recording and transcript of this sermon will be posted on the church’s website; so if you needed, for example, to step out for a last-minute floral emergency, you could catc

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Sunday
Feb072010

Unreasonable Expectations

I’m a big fan of bumper sticker theology. This week’s bumper sticker theology: “Jesus died to take away your sins, not your mind.” Part of learning how to be a person of mature faith is learning how to deal with disappointment: what to do when we fail; or when the world we know falls apart; or when catastrophe strikes; or when, like the Rolling Stones sing, you can’t always get what you want. We have language for misery and sorrow; what to do when God seems distant; books of the Bible; classes; seminars; psychologists; group counseling; on and on. All of these resources for coping with suffering are necessary and good.

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Sunday
Jan312010

Divine Love

This well known reading from I Corinthians 13 on LOVE no doubt brings up memories of weddings and memorial services for most of us though Paul shared these words to express how a Jesus-following community was to live in their life together. Paul knew all too well how human beings so easily lose their center and fall prey to competition, judgment, indifference or many other distractions. This happens in the church and outside of it. It can happen wherever people gather.

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