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Fourth Sunday of Lent

Posted by Brenda Collins

Fourth Sunday of Lent

March 31, 2019

The parable of the Prodigal Son is Jesus at his story-telling best.  No matter how many times we’ve heard it, it still nibbles away at our consciousness in reflection of our own greed and self-righteousness and sinfulness.  Doesn’t it?  But I think ... Read More »

Third Sunday of Lent

Posted by Brenda Collins

Third Sunday of Lent

March 24, 2019

Have you ever been in a crowd and saw someone you knew, yelled out their name or tapped them on the shoulder only to realize it wasn’t them?  An embarrassing moment of mistaken identity. But sometimes mistaken identity has more serious consequences, ... Read More »

Second Sunday of Lent

Posted by Brenda Collins

Second Sunday of Lent

March 17, 2019

What if God had said to Abram, “Listen, I’ll have my attorney contact you and draw up a contract with the normal stipulations, exceptions and provisions.  Then, have your people take a look at it and get back to me and if ... Read More »

First Sunday of Lent

Posted by Brenda Collins

First Sunday of Lent

March 10, 2019

There are few among us that have not been to the desert at some time in our lives; if we live long enough we’ll get there, for sure.  I’m not talking about some vast expanse of sand and sage brush.   I’m talking ... Read More »

Ash Wednesday

Posted by Brenda Collins

Ash Wednesday

March 6, 2019

In a few moments you will all receive ashes on your forehead and hear those familiar words, “Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.”  Do you remember your response to that? (Most people would say, “Amen” but that’s not right.) Actually, ... Read More »

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Brenda Collins

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

March 3, 2019

You’ve heard, I’m sure, this not-so-sage advice: “If you have to talk in front of a crowd and you are nervous, just picture everyone in the crowd naked.”  Personally I find that a bit distracting, but I guess we all have ... Read More »

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 24, 2019

Last (Friday) night ABC aired an episode of “20/20” that told the story of a night of madness that came upon the community of Kalamazoo, Michigan three years ago.  A man, Jason Dalton, an Uber driver, brought terror to the city ... Read More »

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Brenda Collins

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 10, 2019

I am on a mission.  It’s a personal thing, I suppose, and an uphill battle, but I’m not giving up.  I’m on a mission to rid the world of shame. Shame is that painful feeling that strikes the core of who ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Brenda Collins

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 3, 2019

In business we call them consultants.  In politics, lobbyists. In academics they are referred to as guest lecturers.  If you want to convince your clients or constituency or classroom of something, to move them in a particular direction or to justify ... Read More »

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Brenda Collins

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 27, 2019

Ezra got on his soapbox and proclaimed from scriptures, interpreting them as he went for four, five, six hours straight.  I thought I’d give that a try today. (NOT!)

But that day was a very special day.  That day the people ... Read More »