Monthly Archives: March 2014

Second Sunday in Lent-John 3:1-17-March 16, 2014

More than a few of us may get a little uncomfortable with the phrase “born again.” It’s much like the term “evangelical,” which means “gospel-bearing.” Unfortunately, these phrases have been co-opted to represent a certain kind of believer. In culture … Continue reading

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First Sunday in Lent-Matthew 4:1-11-March 9, 2014

In all the glitz and glamour of the Oscars, last week, one small movie made by a pair of Canadian filmmakers took home a golden statue.  Between, the Matthew McCaughaneys and the Jennifer Lawrence’s, it was easily overlooked. Who pays … Continue reading

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Transfiguration Sunday-Matthew 17:1-9-March 2, 2014

How often do we meet people from our past – an old school friend, perhaps, or a work colleague, and we say to them, “You haven’t changed!” We mean it as a compliment, that the years have been easy on … Continue reading

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Matthew 5:21-37—6th Sunday after Epiphany February 16, 2014

At Northwestern University, a class called Marriage 101 has students lining up at the door. It is not the traditional marriage prep course – or very similar to the ones universities used to offer decades ago in a much different … Continue reading

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Matthew 5:13-20—Fifth Sunday after Epiphany—February 9, 2014

Someone told me this week about a study that explored how the tastes buds of Canadians and Americans differed, and how health experts were taking that into consideration when they explored food labels and other regulations. Americans, apparently, love their … Continue reading

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Matthew 5:1-12—4th Sunday after Epiphany—Feb 2, 2014

Would you consider yourself a lucky person? Several years ago, an American psychologist conducted a series of unusual experiments. He divided participants into two groups: those who defined themselves as lucky, and those who said they were not lucky. And … Continue reading

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