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Forgiveness

Jack Kornfield is a bestselling author.  He is also, as I understand it, a Buddhist monk.  Jack has taught mindfulness techniques and meditation around the world.  Lots of people are familiar with his work.  I have long admired and at times borrowed some of his stories.  Today is one of those days. On the train from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia,…

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The Canaanite Woman

This is a complicated Gospel we have here this morning. For starters, it is a little hard for me to imagine Jesus being so rude and angry. This is not my Jesus, my Jesus said “let the little children come to me.” He perpetually had birds on his shoulders and his arms were always outstretched.…

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WE.MUST.DO.THE.WORK.

“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8 I’ve always felt comfort taking in this verse from Micah. It is firm yet pliant. Prescriptive yet open to interpretation.  My name is Christian Simpson, and my family has been at…

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Wrestling with Angels, Biblical Style

Here is a biblical tale on a biblical scale of the Lord God Almighty trying to get his people’s attention. Sometimes God whispers with that “still small voice” and sometimes God uses a megaphone. Jeremiah, the 7th century B.C. “weeping prophet” was definitely one of these. His book is one of “the most stark and pessimistic in all of biblical…

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Honoring George Floyd

I would not consider myself the smartest man in the room.  I know lots of folks who really are the smartest people in the room.  I have a lot of respect for those “brainiacs.”  I would, however, consider myself a reasonable man.  A good man.  A kind man.  A compassionate man.  An Irish-American man who…

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