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Ocean Sunday

This weekend marks an endpoint of summer. If you’re into fashion, it’s time to put away the white. If you’re in school, you’ll soon be spending a lot of time there. If you’re into beaches, beach season is coming to an end. It will soon require a plane ride to get that fix of sun, warm water, and waves…

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15th Sunday After Pentecost

I want to take a moment and re-read a small portion of our Hebrews text: 15 Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. I want to put a tag on this text and for a moment – with your prayers – I want to remind you that “It’s Not About Me.” It’s also not about you…

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14th Sunday After Pentecost

It all ends tonight. Over two week ago the Olympic flame entered Rio and opened our eyes to green pool waters and worldwide fears of Zika. Tonight, however, that caldron goes dark. During this brief illumination, I’ve been struck by the variety of athletic postures, as in the ways the athletes use their bodies. Divers, boxers, archers, and weight lifters all posture differently. One posture expert writes that gymnastics postures involve a lot of unnatural sways, and swimmers sometimes fight their primal posture by rounding their spine. When a swimmer repeatedly arches, or sways, when coming up for air this stresses the lower back, puts the spine at risk for serious injury, and it dampens the power of the swimmers stroke. You see, posture is important to the Olympians, and posture is the focus of today’s Gospel…

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