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Blessed to Be a Blessing to the World

There is an old rabbinic parable about a farmer who had two sons. When they were old enough to walk, he took them to the fields and taught them everything he knew about growing crops and raising animals. When he grew too old to work, the boys took over the chores of the farm. Then, […]

Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard

Sometimes everything depends on how you ask for what you desire, as illustrated in this story: Every afternoon two monks strolled in the garden of their monastery. One day as they were walking along a wooded path, one of the monks asked the other if he thought it would be a pleasant experience to have […]

It’s Not About Trying Harder!

Good morning! It’s so good to be together again. It’s so good to have you here. I want to begin this “school year” by commending you for being in church. Last week, both my wife Astrid and I were away from church. We both said how we can see that it would be so easy […]

God Works Through Broken People, Like Us!

Our Gospel reading for today takes place up near the headwaters of the Jordan River in a place which was called Caesarea Philippi. This ancient Roman city was located at the southwestern base of Mt. Hermon, on the northernmost border of Israel in what is known today as the Golan Heights. It is near where […]

Bring It to Jesus

One of the keys to understanding today’s Gospel reading is to put it into context by considering the first 12 verses of this chapter which tell the story of the death of John the Baptist. John the Baptist had criticized Herod for taking his brother Philip’s wife as his own. Her name was Herodias. John […]

Meeting God in the Silence

It may have been the 12 Step community who came up with the acronym for the word EGO. E-G-O stands for edging God out. I was thinking this week that one of the worst things that we can say or think about another person is “He is just so full of himself” or “She is […]