Light & Darkness

Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.  (Genesis 1:3-4, NRSV) I’ve been following the ritual since the summer of 1981.  Forty-eight Sunday mornings a year, give-or-take one or two, I am walking through the hallways of…

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Magic or Miracle?

New Day Sermon Epiphany 2 Ritual cleansing prepared an individual to participate in something sacred (like worship or a wedding ceremony). Purity’s goal was to open a vertical channel to God, the source of everything sacred. Jesus’ miracle of water to wine created a link between religious practice and the sacredness of horizontal relationships.

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Going Public with a Private Faith Life

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL PEntecost 4 It shall serve for you as a sign on your hand and as a reminder on your forehead, so that the teaching of the Lord may be on your lips; for with a strong hand the Lord brought you out of Egypt.  (Exodus 13:9) They were just two adolescent boys entering the boarding area for our…