Monthly Archives: December 2017

“For Everything There is a Season”

Sermon for Dec. 31, 2017 For audio of the sermon, listen here: From the Lectionary for Jan. 1. 2018 Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 3:1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 3:2 a time to … Continue reading

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Christmas Day

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Virgin birth? What difference does it make?

As sure as Christmas means Santa and gingerbread, someone asks about the “virgin birth.” Some Christians find value in the Biblical birth narrative. Some demand belief in the Virgin Mary or belief in the scriptures that give us the Christmas … Continue reading

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Shamash — the helper

A seven-branched menorah symbolizes Jewish Temple tradition. The nine-branched Hanukkah menorah is lit during the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah. A new branch is lit on each night of Hanukkah. In the ancient story, when the Maccabean revolt led to the … Continue reading

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Hanukkah

Kiel, Germany, December, 1931. Rachel Posner, the Rabbi’s wife, took this photo in her living room, across the street from the Nazi headquarters. It was the last night of Hanukkah. Hate, vitriol and racist lies were sweeping across Germany. Rachel … Continue reading

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St. Nicholas might be a Klingon

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As much as we’d like to see Nazis get punched in the face

As much as we’d like to see Nazis get punched in the face, It’s wrong to punch people in the face. Even racist, bigoted, Nazis. Even racist bigots who feel emboldened by the support of the President of the United … Continue reading

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