What happens when we imagine ourselves as each character in the Prodigal Child story? Listen for ways this story connects to your life, and for the ways the Queer community has a unique perspective on the story, and they've often had to leave their families and hometowns. Text isLuke 15: 1-3, 11b-32.
Islaphobia is the enemy of the cross. The one where Jesus gave everything up so that we could have life. So that we could face death-dealing messages of the world, and respond to them with self-sacrificing love. Hate is NEVER the way of the cross. Love and sacrifice are the ways of the cross, and they always call us to love our neighbors as ourselves. For the passages, read Luke 13.31-35 and Philippians 3:17-4:1. For the news story, seethis article. Also, learn about Jesus referring to himself in feminine terms and about how NOT to misuse scripture to hurt others.
Text is Luke 4:1-13. It isn't about temptation, really, is about identity. Who is Jesus? How does he work? Who are we as disciples of Jesus? How do we express power in the church? Learn more about mutual relationships.
Ash Wednesday. How is it ok? And about wearing makeup. Life is complicated, but somehow, knowing that Jesus dies, that we die, can lead us to more bravery. Matthew 6.1-6, 16-21
One of my talents in life is preaching with nearly any body part not working. My voice is gone, so I prepared a slideshow and handout for my congregation, Lutheran Church of the Cross, in Arlington Heights, IL. I am stated supply and pastoral care for them while they discern their future.
Hopefully this will encourage any of you to engage with your discipleship at a deeper level. If we are all disciples, then we can all do some of the work of sharing Good News.
Thanks to the magic of microphones and recording software, you can hear what I did manage to say out loud, the song, and me responding to members of the congregation as they answer questions at the end.
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