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Luke 10:38–42

Posted:Friday, March 15, 2019

"Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things…" 

It is easy for preachers to slide into easy Martha bashing on our way to commend Mary who "has chosen the better part." But a community of faith needs Marthas. The challenge is to insure our hard work doesn’t distract from worship where we sit at Jesus’ feet.
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Mark 10:46–52

Posted:Friday, February 15, 2019

Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.”

Jesus and a large crowd are leaving Jericho for Jerusalem. Blind Bartimaeus is rebuked by the crowd for trying to interrupt the parade with his cry for mercy. But Jesus stood still. That’s the hardest thing in ministry. Don’t just do something. Stand there.

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Micah 6:1–8

Posted:Friday, February 08, 2019

"What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God?"

Micah sets a courtroom in which the Lord is the prosecutor, the mountains are the jury, and we are in the dock. Our defense are meager questions like “What does the Lord expect of us?” But we’ve always known what is required of God’s people.

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Philippians 4:8–9

Posted:Friday, December 07, 2018

“Keep on doing the things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.” We want to accomplish monumental acts of heroism for God. We want to change the world. But Paul is here calling us to routine acts of faithfulness, and to “keep on doing” them again and again. Those who live by grace don’t think in terms of what they want to accomplish, but in terms of how God is changing the world through the faithful acts of quiet servants.
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Philippians 4:2–7

Posted:Friday, November 30, 2018

Let your gentleness be known to everyone… 4:5

Paul doesn’t tell Euodia and Syntyche to avoid having conflicts. He does tell them to have the “same mind in the Lord,” and he tells them to conduct the conflicts gently. In fact, he expects the whole church to be known for its gentleness. This is not the same a weakness. Only the strong can be gentle
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Philippians 3:4–16

Posted:Friday, November 16, 2018

"…forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal…"

The grace of God disrupts the former plans we had for life, and it compels to let go of the alternative past we could have had. That is the only way we can be free to focus on the goal of using our lives for the work of Christ. As Paul and other biblical lives illustrate, God is not easy on the people who get used for the Gospel. But interestingly, in the end they all want to talk about their surpassing joy.
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Philippians 2:1–11

Posted:Monday, November 12, 2018

…at the name of Jesus, every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth…

Living in a very anxious society we strive to find ways to secure our lives, typically by discerning who is to blame for our problems. But the grace of God that binds us to Christ teaches us to conquer such aggression with humility. Grace sounds nice, but it is actually subversive of the prevailing order.
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Philippians 1:12–18a

Posted:Thursday, September 27, 2018

These proclaim Christ out of love… the other proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition… 1:16-17

Some expressions of Christianity are embarrassing. Often it appears that the more anti-intellectual, and theologically naïve preachers are the more popular they are. But that should not be our deepest embarrassment. The real problem is the lack of love that sometimes accompanies our theological sophistication.

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Philippians 1:1–11

Posted:Thursday, September 13, 2018

…the one who began a good work in you will bring it to completion…

Postmodern society is suspicious of embracing narratives or even plots. We are now tempted to believe life is a series of disconnected events that have no meaning apart from what we bring to them. But by grace, we have been incorporated into the good work of a Creator who is not done.
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Opening Convocation Address for the 2018–19 Academic Year

Posted:Friday, September 07, 2018

Address: “Life Together: Called to Compassion”
 Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger, Charlotte W. Newcombe Professor of Pastoral Theology

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