Copyright, believed to be Nadia Bolz Weber (please contact me if this is incorrect and I'll be glad to change it).

When I was a kid there were these books that I would often read called “Choose Your Own Adventure Books”. The idea was simple. You started reading and after a few pages there would be a question. And you were given two options, leading you to two different pages in the book. For instance, you […]

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Exodus 14:19-31 14:19 The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. 14:20 It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there […]

Calling of the Disciples, by He Qi

“So, now that we have LGBT equality in the progressive mainline church, what are we going to do now? What’s the next big thing?” I get asked that question from time to time. The tide seems to have turned in many ways when it comes to the inclusion of LGBT people in the church and […]

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Earlier this summer I was asked to contribute an essay to a new resource from the United Church of Christ’s publishing arm. Pastors Sound Off: Causes We Can’t Keep Quiet About is a volume of short essays from UCC pastors about social concerns. What is unique about this resource is that each of these essays is very […]

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May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be always acceptable to you, O God, my rock and my redeemer. Amen. Remember how last week I talked about how a shorter sermon is sometimes called a homily? Well, I don’t know the a name for a longer Scripture reading, but whatever […]

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If you look in your bulletins this morning you’ll see that where it normally says “sermon” it says “homily” today. People sometimes ask me what that word “homily” means, and I tell them it’s ancient Greek for “shorter sermon”. That’s not exactly true. That’s not what the Greek means, but a homily is typically a […]

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Exodus 3:1-15 3:1 Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 3:2 There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush […]