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The Federated Church
September 20, 2021

The Snowplow Conundrum

  God offers us a different way, a better way. We can repent of our rebellion against God and our neighbors. We can pray for God’s Holy Spirit to create in us a clean heart and a new and right spirit (Psalm 51:10). We can ask the Spirit to teach our hearts and minds what […]

September 5, 2021

Jesus Gets a Reputation

Jesus had a reputation as being someone who did “everything well.” This needs to be our reputation, too. To quote Cardinal Suhard (Bishop of Paris, 1940-1949), “To be a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda nor even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery. It means to live in such […]

August 8, 2021

How to Talk Like a Christian

It is a simple but reliable principle of human life: how people talk reveals a lot about who they are. The way we talk can also reveal something about how committed we are to being Christians. It has nothing to do with accent, or vocabulary or grammar. It has everything to do with how we […]

August 1, 2021

We Are Food

Jesus’ message resonates with us on this Communion Sunday as we gather at the table to receive the bread of heaven and the cup of salvation. We remember how Jesus broke bread with his disciples and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me” […]

July 25, 2021

A Quality Miracle

Jesus presents an entirely different kind of world, one infused with the mystery of abundance and a cross-shaped, sacrificial generosity. Five thousand are fed and 12 baskets of food are left over – one for every tribe of Israel. Jesus transforms the world by blessing it and breaking it beyond our narrow self-interest. The feeding […]

July 18, 2021

The Compassion of the Christ

The word “passion” comes from the Latin word passio, which means “suffering.” We can easily forget this when we speak of romantic passion, or the passion that someone has for a hobby or a sport. But in our reading today, it is very important to remember that the root of the word passion is suffering. […]

July 4, 2021

Doing What Is Possible

Doing what is possible puts us in a position where God will transform us from people who think real change is impossible, to people who are doing the life-changing work of God, even when it looks like the odds are against achieving anything. In Nazareth, Jesus “could do no deed of power there, except that […]

June 27, 2021

A Touching Tale

This is a story about touch and what a powerful force for good it can be in our lives. It was common in pre-pandemic worship services for people to share greetings with one another, to “pass the peace” with a handshake, a hug, or a pat on the shoulder. Such caring touch was a symbol […]

June 13, 2021

Living in the Meantime

Each of us lives in this meantime between what is now and what will be then; but that does not mean we have to be idle while we await the glory of God’s promised Kingdom. God’s plan, God’s will, God’s purpose for us is not aimlessness, confusion, inactivity, or despair. There is a secret to […]

June 6, 2021

Buildings from God

But at the same time, we need to realize that everything in this world will eventually pass away, so we should live by faith and focus on the building from God that is eternal in the heavens. This means trusting Jesus instead of the leaders of this world. It involves working for the common good, […]

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