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just a girl writing about life through this lens.....

The Smooth Operator?

A sermon preached at McCormick Theological Seminary on 9/18/13.  Based on Luke 16: 1-13…  Jesus also said to the disciples, “A certain rich man heard that his household manager was wasting his estate. 2 He called the manager in and said to him, … Continue reading

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Good Sam Sermon

Sermon preached on 7/21/13 at Friendship Presbyterian Churchbased on Luke 10:25-37 ****************************************************************************************************************** So the Good Samaritan story.  Now here is a story that all of us have figured out … and I don’t just mean the people in this room … Continue reading

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philemon’s poem

Forgiveness Reconciliation Love From Paul to Philemon From God’s servant to a human master From a concerned heart to a hesitant brother From Paul to Philemon A letter An offering Of Self, Sacrifice, Sacredness Friend Advocate Partner Offering of money? … Continue reading

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a halloween post: fear of spirituality

On Halloween, I find it appropriate to lay out one of my fears — get it out there so I can just deal with it already. Spirituality scares me. Of course, I’m not supposed to be saying this.  I’ve considered … Continue reading

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Life, Interrupted.

Sermon preached on 10/28/12 at Edgewater Presbyterian Church 1 Kings 17:8-16 Common English Bible (CEB) Elijah and the widow from Zarephath 8 The Lord’s word came to Elijah: 9 Get up and go to Zarephath near Sidon and stay there. I have ordered a … Continue reading

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ordinary transformation

Every Tuesday night,  I have the privilege of being the educational assistant for the Pilgrimage into Faithfulness (PIF) class at the seminary I attend.  This class is required of all first year students and touches on key issues of faith as they are assimilating … Continue reading

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seminarian vs. seminary

Seminary doesn’t always play nice. When I see people that I haven’t seen in awhile (which is most people at this point because free time seems to no longer exist in my world) … they always ask how school is … Continue reading

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