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Risky Questions

October 25, 2015, based on Mark 10:46-52 Father Benjamin Thomas Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” Some of you have probably heard the story of how I decided to marry my lovely wife Holly, but for those who have not, the story goes like this:  When I was…

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Sell your House and Save your Soul

October 11, 2015, based on Mark 10:17-31 Fr. Benjamin Thomas But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” In the…

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What Makes You so Special?

October 4, 2015, based on Genesis 2:8-14, Psalm 8, Hebrews 1:1-2:12, and Mark 10:2-16 Fr. Benjamin Thomas What is man that you should be mindful of him? the son of man that you should seek him out? -Psalm 8:5 This line from today’s Psalm poses a profound question: why does God bother with human beings…

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Downward Mobility

September 20, 2015, based on Jeremiah 11:8-20, Psalm 54, James 3:13-4:8, and Mark 9:30-37 Fr. Benjamin Thomas If you have been reading through the Bible with me this year, the Old Testament lesson was a little reminder of the prophet Jeremiah’s remarkably unpleasant life which we read through just a few weeks ago. Jeremiah’s life…

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Give Me that Old Time Religion

August 30, 2015 , based on Deuteronomy 4:1-9; James 1:17-27; and Mark 7:1-23 Fr. Benjamin Thomas Well to begin, I wonder if you could join me in a little singing. If you know the tune, please join in: Give me that old time religion, give me that old time religion, give me that old time…

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Perfect Power?

July 5, 2015, based on 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 and Mark 6:1-13 Fr. Matthew Kemp Earlier this week, while perusing the internet, I stumbled across a fascinating story about a mid-20th century Japanese woman named Satoko Kitahara. Satoko came of age just after Japan had done what had been considered unthinkable: surrendered to the Allied forces…

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Life within Death

June 28, 2015, based on Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24; and Mark 5:21-43 Fr. Matthew Kemp “God did not make death, and he does not delight in the death of the living.” (Wisdom 1:13) As you all probably know, my father passed away just a few weeks ago. And as happens when a family member dies, we…

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Putting the Clues Together

June 21, 2015, based on Job 38:1-11; Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32; and Mark 4:35-41 Fr. Matthew Kemp It is a relatively young yet immensely popular genre of literature: Mystery fiction. Authors like Arthur Conan Doyle or Agatha Christie are still being read today, not to mention numerous contemporary writers, or the various movies and television series…

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A “Crowded” Resurrection

Easter, April 5, 2015, based on Mark 16:1-8 Fr. Benjamin Thomas At the beginning of the service, when I said “Alleluia, Christ is Risen!” I noticed your replies were a little hesitant. Since not all of you came to practice last night at the Easter Vigil, I’ll chalk it up to lack of practice. So,…

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What Does It Mean to Be a Christian?

March 1, 2015, based on Romans 4:13-25 and Mark 8:31-38 Fr. Matthew Kemp In the late 1960s a small town in Washington state held a contest to determine who was the “best Christian” in their community.  The award was finally given to one Mr. Miller, the owner of a local dry goods store.  Mr. Miller…

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