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Sermons on “Renewal”

Straight Talk About Spiritual Renewal

This healing, this coming back into ourselves, is the physical, relational, spiritual work of the summer.  This is the summer for us to allow God to do the slow, tender work of remaking our hearts and minds into the likeness of Christ – to return us to ourselves, to prepare us to be sent out afresh into the mission he has for us to do.

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Jesus Heals the Gerasene Demoniac

“Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.”

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Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

The lame man in this story may have been taking advantage of his physical malady—perhaps by asking for money. To be healed is to give up his only means of survival. Jesus’ pointed question—“Do you want to be made well?”—may also be intended for us to engage the challenge that all of us can more easily hold on to our disease, both physical and spiritual, as a piece of our identity, rather than surrender our lives fully to the healing grace of God.

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The New Heaven and the New Earth

On this Fifth Sunday of Easter, we continue to celebrate and to ponder the mystery of Jesus’ resurrection.

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An Authentic Human

The Easter revolution has freed us to be authentic humans, the people God intended us to be, children of God and stewards of Creation. Hearing God’s voice and doing God’s will builds the Kingdom in our time and place.

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Pressing toward the Goal

Without throwing away his own religion Paul, nevertheless, throws away a theology which had made him important and given him great status. In its place, he embraces Christ and Christ’s way.

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