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5th Sunday of Lent (C)April 2, 1995Assessing One's Life(Philippians 3:4-14)There is a profound theology in this scripture -- probably the highest Christology in the New Testament, and the ultimate themes of liv...

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5th Sunday after Epiphany (C)February 5, 1995Making Something Out of Nothing(Luke 5:1-11)It happened frequently while Jesus walked the tranquil acres of Galilee. He made something out of nothing. It was one of ...

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2nd Sunday of Advent (C)December 4, 1994The Attitude of Gratitude(Philippians 1:3-11)It has been said that gratitude is the memory of the heart, and that gratitude is the parent of all the other virtues. I thin...

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Proper 22 (B)October 2, 1994God's Strange Arithmetic(Mark 10:1-16)An interesting article appeared a while back in the Clinton (South Carolina) Chronicle titled "When the Editor Left Town." It said: "Mr. Jim Gal...

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Proper 14 (B)August 7, 1994Three Antidotes for Parental Regrets(2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33)The story of David's relationship to his son Absalom is one of the most intense and touching stories in the Old Testame...

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Proper 5 (B)June 5, 1994The One Sin God Can't Forgive(Mark 3:20-35)Without a doubt, this is one of the most unsettling, perplexing, disturbing passages in all of Scripture. In fact, much emotional and spiritual...

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Easter (B)April 3, 1994When Easter Becomes Real(John 20:1-18)They were interviewing one of the sweepstakes winners -- you know the ones: Ed McMahon sends you a letter, you buy a magazine, and soon the "Prize Pa...

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5th Sunday after Epiphany (B)February 6,1994The Elusive Christ(Mark 1:29-39)When I entered the ministry a common question asked by evangelists was: "Have you found Christ?" I always thought it a curious questio...

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2nd Sunday of Advent (B)December 5, 1993To Prepare the Way(Isaiah 40:1-11; Mark 1:1-8)Prepare ye the way of the Lord! Those words have more than "a familiar ring"; they strike a resonant chord of hope and freed...

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18th Sunday after Pentecost (A)October 3, 1993God Save Us!(Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20)The cover of Time magazine on August 12, 1991, sported the title "Busybodies and Crybabies." At first glance and depending up...