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Archives: January 2018

Jan 25, 2018 - Anna Burnham

Most of us are probably familiar with John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life." It's a verse held aloft on posters at sporting events and posted on billboards around the world. This week, for my first sermon at United Parish, I'm asking the question...

Jan 18, 2018 - Amy Norton

In the Bible, the one topic that Jesus talks the most about is the Kingdom of God. The next most frequently-mentioned topic is money. I think this is because, as theologian William Sloane Coffin, Jr. said, “Jesus saw the demonic side when he saw money as a rival god capable of inspiring great devotion: ‘you cannot serve God and Money.’ Only money is put on par with God, not knowledge, not family nobility, not...

Jan 11, 2018 - Kent French

Some of you are familiar with the well-known poem of Langston Hughes, "Harlem," published in 1951:

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry uplike a raisin in the sun?Or fester like a sore—And then run?Does it stink like rotten meat?Or crust and sugar over—like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sagslike a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

It inspired Lorraine Hansberry to write the play, "...

Jan 05, 2018 - Kent French

This Sunday we'll look at the second chapter of Matthew, and re-tell the story of the Magi (wise ones) coming to visit Mary, Joseph and Jesus and bringing their well-known gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. We like this story. We tell it on Christmas Eve. We re-enact it in our Christmas pageant. We sing "We Three Kings." This part of the story is sweet and slightly weird and exotic.

At verse 13, however, it...