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Dear Mr. Trump

March 24th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Faith and the City

Dear Mr. Trump, In light of the attacks this week in Brussels, I join you, other political candidates and all Americans in expressing heartache and solidarity with the people of Belgium. At the same time, I cringe when I hear you call for “more waterboarding.” Mr. Trump, you claim to be a Christian. You claim […]

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Good Friday Prayer

April 17th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Sharp Prayers

It is Friday, Holy One, and we stand at the foot of the cross. Where shall we cast our eyes? We look down. We glance to the side. We stare inward. We look up… at him. My God, my God, what does this mean? How is this sacred? How can this save? How is this […]

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So Amazing, So Divine (Reprise)

March 27th, 2013 · 2 Comments · Faith and the City

Maundy Thursday, 2013 My favorite hymn writer is Isaac Watts.  Watts, a teacher, poet and pastor of meager estate, wrote over 750 hymns while serving a small London parish in the early 1700’s.  His hymnody is historically significant because rather than writing musical tunes for the psalms—which he also did, and which was primary function […]

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April 23rd, 2011 · 2 Comments · Faith and the City

Today, we wait in the valley of the shadow of death, the interlude between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, the time when the ancient church confessed that Christ was contending with the forces of Hell. Today it is raining in New York. The wet, wet day is fitting.  It evokes the tears that flowed from Jesus’ […]

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All Done?

April 2nd, 2010 · 1 Comment · Sermon Bin

“All Done?” John 19: 28-42 Good Friday April 2, 2010 John 19:28-42   28 After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.”  29 A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch […]

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