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I'm a pastor who's working out her faith...just like everyone else.

Sermon: “Be Generous” (Luke 17:11-19) [10/9/2022]

  A colleague told me about the time a friend came out to her.  “We were talking,” she said, “when Lisa told me she’d recently come out.”  My friend confessed that she was surprised by the comment and, quite truthfully, … Continue reading

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Sermon (World Communion): “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (Gal. 3:26-28) [10/2/2022]

Perhaps no other passage of Scripture sums up so well the intent of World Communion Sunday as the one we’ve just heard.  Yes, there are differences–big differences–among followers of Jesus.  Sometimes, from our perspective, people who call themselves Christian don’t … Continue reading

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Sermon: “We Are Stardust” (Psalm 8) [9/25/2022]

Crosby, Stills, Nash (& Young) || Woodstock (We Are Stardust) Is that not the most brilliant song ever?  I was too young when Woodstock happened to even know it was going on, but I do remember this song from the … Continue reading

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Sermon: “The Poetry of Creation” (Ps. 104:14-23) [9/11/2022]

        “They should have sent a poet!”  That’s what scientist Ellie Arroway says when the hatch on her space capsule opens to a new, breathtaking world.  “There are no words to describe it!” she says.  “It’s so beautiful.  I had no … Continue reading

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Sermon: “The Best Thing in All Creation!” (Mark 1:9-11; Mark 10:13-16; Psalm 104:24-26) [9/4/2022]

It’s a full day here at United Church in Tallahassee!  Baptisms, communion, AND the beginning of our month-long celebration of the liturgical season of creation.  It’s a lot to weave together in one worship service!  But we get a good … Continue reading

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Sermon: “Hard to Be Humble?” (Luke 14:1, 7-14 and Luke 18:9-14) [8/28/2022]

Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble // when you’re perfect in every way. I can’t wait to look in the mirror // ‘cause I get better looking each day. To know me is to love me // I must … Continue reading

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Sermon: “Helping Each Other Stand” (Luke 13:10-17) [8/21/2022]

She’d been bent and twisted for 18 years.  If she were with us today, she’d been bent and twisted since 2004. Take a minute to imagine what life was like for the woman.  The invitation is to do this in … Continue reading

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Sermon: “Following Jesus” (Luke 12:49-56) [8/14/2022]

Show of hands:  How many of you have ever thought about giving up on church?  If you’re awake, if you know even a little of the history of the Christian church, if you’ve been hurt by church, thinking about giving … Continue reading

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Sermon: “The Treasure Is Us” (Luke 12:32-34) [8/7/2022]

Ah!  The “Don’t Worry Be Happy” Scripture!  I once played Bobby McFerrin’s song “Don’t Worry Be Happy” in a sermon on this text.  Twice.  After the service, one congregant let me know that she turned her hearing aids off both … Continue reading

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Sermon: “The Poverty of Greed” (Luke 12:31-21) [7/31/2022]

Unless you were a Roman citizen with some authority, 1st century Palestine was a harsh place to live.  The poor were taxed oppressively.  People not part of the Roman Empire often became pawns in the political machinations of the powerful.  … Continue reading

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