Pastor’s Corner: Arbitrary Decisions

February 20, 2019 Arbitrary decisions have their advantages. Not too long ago, I arbitrarily decided that any day on which I saw a kolea – a Pacific golden plover – would be defined as a good day. I’ve written before about feeling comforted by the sight of the kolea who lives in our neighborhood (or […]

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Ideas for Lenten Disciplines

How long is Lent? It’s forty days, running from Ash Wednesday until Holy Saturday (the day before Easter). If you count the spaces on the calendar, however, you’ll find that there are forty-six days in that period. The reason is that the Sundays are not counted in the forty days. Sunday, in ancient Christian thinking, […]

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What I’m Thinking: Harsh Words on Love

When Jesus spoke of love, he asked a great deal. He asked sufferers to do good to those whom harm them That’s a challenge. For us, the challenge is to ask the same of everyone, so that the sufferers also stop suffering. Here’s a transcript: I’m thinking about the sixth chapter of Luke’s Gospel (Luke […]

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Sermon: Now, Wait a Minute

February 17, 2019Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany Luke 6:17-26, 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 by Eric Anderson I am a big fan of “Now, wait a minute” moments. A “Now, wait a minute” moment is when some new awareness, or some new piece of information, or some new thought calls into question what I thought I saw, […]

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What I’m Thinking: Wait a Minute Moments

Faith – including the Christian religion – contains a number of beliefs that make one say, “Now, wait a minute.” In the resurrection of Jesus, and in the Beatitudes’ reversal of the world, we find just two of them. Here’s a transcript: I’m thinking about the, “Now, wait a minute,” moments of faith. Every religion […]

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Sermon: Caught!

February 10, 2019Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany Luke 5:1-11 There are so many ways you can hear the word, “Caught.” Last week’s Super Bowl showed us the difference between a pass that’s “caught” and “incomplete” or, I suppose, “intercepted.” Last week’s game was the lowest scoring in Super Bowl history, and one of the few […]

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Pastor’s Corner: A Better Lenten Devotional

Pastor’s Corner: February 6, 2019 Lent is coming! Pastors in many places would then add: “Look busy!” I had thought more people would be interested in contributing to a devotional resource for Lent than have actually stepped forward. In fact, nobody has made that commitment. Quite a few have asked questions, and one or two […]

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What I’m Thinking: Not Strangers

Did Jesus know his disciples before he called them? It’s not impossible – and what might it mean for us if he did? Here’s a transcript: I’m thinking about Jesus’ summons to his first traveling disciples, as Luke describes it in the fifth chapter of his gospel (Luke 5:1-11). In recent years I’ve been wondering […]

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Sermon: Tough Call

February 3, 2019Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany Jeremiah 1:4-10Luke 4:21-30 If you felt a little confused by this morning’s Gospel reading, you’ve got good reason to be. We started in the middle of the story, and that’s always an awkward place to start. To begin with the beginning then: this is the first story Luke […]

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Guest Sermon: Second Helping

Guest Preacher: the Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy, President, Pacific School of Religion January 27, 2019Third Sunday after the Epiphany 1 Kings 19:3-8John 6:1-13 The text of Dr. Vásquez-Levy’s sermon is not available, but we have permission to share this audio recording. The photo is of David Vásquez-Levy standing on new ground at Pohoiki.

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