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The Federated Church
January 6, 2019

Epiphany Glory is Good for You

When the glory of the Lord is upon us, there’s no way we can sit on our hands or on the bench and watch. Truth is, there will be popcorn and chips flying going to be all over the place. We will shout from the housetops. God has come to us. Our salvation is here! […]

December 23, 2018

When Fear Gives Way to Joy

This is, perhaps, the most important message of this glorious season: we are never alone! The heart of Christmas, as the gospel-writer John puts is that, “the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory” (John 1:14). Christian writer and poet Kathleen Norris put it this way: “the Incarnation is […]

December 9, 2018

The God Who Completes

Recognizing the unfinished nature of our practice of faith should help us to expect spiritual progress as we continue to seek God’s will. Going on to perfection is not a DIY project. God helps us. Most of all, we should be hopeful. As each of us remains a faithful disciple committed to following Jesus, “the […]

December 2, 2018

God’s Emoji

Amid the emojis of the world this season, let’s remember the “righteous branch” that God caused to spring up for our sake: Jesus, the Christ, the babe from Bethlehem. With this “righteous Branch” as a central symbol for our lives, we discover what it means to be right with each other and with God. God’s […]

November 25, 2018

The Prayer Prosthesis

Christ the King Sunday is the columniation of the church calendar year. We pray relentlessly for Jesus to come and reign as King of kings and Lord of lords and create the eternal new heaven and the new earth. Next week is the First Sunday of Advent, and we pick up the plea of Scripture, […]

November 18, 2018

Drawing Lines

God drew a circle that took us in because God’s territorial imperative is bigger than we can comprehend. Jesus draws endless circles around us: circles of love, circles of hope, circles of peace. The Holy Spirit compels us to climb over our self-made lines and step into the middle of God’s greater circle. God calls […]

November 11, 2018

The Liars’ Club

Jesus isn’t saying that we should be dishonest; instead, he’s advising us to use whatever wealth we have — what he calls “dishonest wealth” — to build a community that can endure. None of us is meant to live a life of isolation. None of us is designed to practice our faith apart from the […]

November 4, 2018

Murphy’s Law Inverted

A showing and a glowing church is a church which prays, a church which studies, a church which worships, a church which remembers the sacraments, a church which offers praise and thanksgiving. A showing church is ready for whatever comes. A glowing church lights the way for others. With such a church, Murphy doesn’t stand […]

October 28, 2018

Life’s Two Pockets

Elzéard Bouffier was neither saint nor sinner: he was both. Though he intended to cut himself off from his fellow human beings, he succeeded in shepherding a reborn creation into existence, and brought new possibility for life to his neighbors. Bouffier chose to take his hand out of life’s left pocket, out of the ashes […]

October 21, 2018

Excel at Giving

What does it mean to give beyond our ability? It means pushing our giving past the point where the figures add up. It means giving when the bottom line says we can’t. It means believing in the God of abundance who provides beyond our needs. It means being people who take, bless, break, and give. […]

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