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I have a basic distrust... -- Galatians 5:1, 13-18 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
I have a basic distrust for churches, which state on their bulletin boards or in their literature: "
If Jesus were in charge... -- Luke 9:51-62 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
"If Jesus were in charge of an average congregation I figure there would be about four people left t
Evidently Elijah did not have... -- 1 Kings 19:15-21 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Evidently Elijah did not have to say a word.
Many find it difficult, if... -- Galatians 5:1, 13-25 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Many find it difficult, if not impossible, to love themselves.
God calls all of us... -- Luke 9:51-62 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
God calls all of us to be proclaimers.
For thus says the Lord... -- Ezekiel 34:11-16 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
"For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and seek them out." (Ezeki
Why is a prophet not... -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Why is a prophet not honored in his or her own home town?
The Ford Taurus with the... -- Luke 9:51-62 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
The Ford Taurus with the "Driver Education Class" sticker on the trunk pulled out of the high-school
Scripture reminds us many times... -- Ezekiel 34:11-16 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Scripture reminds us many times that God is the Shepherd of his people.
The Lord has set you... -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
The Lord has set you firm within his Church, which he built upon the rock of Peter's faith.
Jesus set his face to... -- Luke 9:51-62 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Jesus set his face to go to Jerusalem, and nothing or nobody could stop him.
A concerted effort has been... -- Ezekiel 34:11-16 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
A concerted effort has been mounted to find the thousands of missing children who have dropped from
A gardening neighbor told this... -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
A gardening neighbor told this story about her pea vines.
A cartoon on the editorial... -- Luke 9:51-62 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
A cartoon on the editorial page of a newspaper showed a picture of Jesus eating the last supper with
In the social divisions of... -- Ezekiel 34:11-16 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
In the social divisions of old Israel, tax collectors, tanners, and, interestingly enough, shepherds
Even though the letter is... -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Even though the letter is a harsh response Paul uses the very familiar and intimate term "brethren."
What keeps us looking back... -- Luke 9:51-62 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
What keeps us looking back? Throwing glances over our spiritual and emotional shoulder to the past?
I have known two... -- 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
I have known two ministers who have had severe physical and emotional disorders.
Our spiritual growth often comes... -- Mark 8:27-35 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Our spiritual growth often comes when someone asks the right question, the kind of question w
Leslie Weatherhead wrote a book... -- Luke 9:51-62 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Leslie Weatherhead wrote a book called Jesus and Ourselves.
It is a paradox... -- 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
It is a paradox of the Christian faith that the more obstacles we overcome, the stronger we gr
Twenty years ago a youthful... -- Matthew 16:13-19 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Twenty years ago a youthful, brash and loud-mouthed Cassius Clay made headlines with his overstated
Joseph Pintauro wrote in his... -- Luke 9:51-62 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Joseph Pintauro wrote in his book, To Believe in God, "Nowadays to be on your way is to be ho
As chaplain of a... -- 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
As chaplain of a long-term care facility I am with older people quite a bit.
One tradition in the Judaism... -- Matthew 16:13-19 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
One tradition in the Judaism of Jesus' day maintained that, should any child of Israel successfully

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