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Archive for September, 2013

“Four Gestures of Grace”

20th Sunday after Pentecost

Mark 14:22-25

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FBC Newsletter: September 25, 2013

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“The Great Chasm”

19th Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 16:19-31

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“Little Things, Big Things”

18th Sunday after Pentecost

American Baptist Women’s Ministries Sunday

Luke 16:10-13

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Jesus was very attuned to small things. Like a child, he had a studious love of the little.  He saw a dead sparrow on the ground and said God cared about it. He noticed two little pennies in an offering plate and called them enormously significant. He took time with little children, said we should ponder wildflowers and meadowlarks, spoke of yeast, salt, a coin. He spoke often of seeds, made up stories about them, said the tiniest of them is like the Kingdom of God. Look at these little things, he kept saying, listen to their tiny voices; they’re shouting to you of God’s Reign among you. The famous Roman orator, Cicero, said, “The gods attend to great matters; they neglect small ones.” Jesus said God knows the number of hairs on your head! He knew the stupendous value of little things. (more…)

FBC Newsletter: September 11, 2013

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“The Great Laughter”

17th Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 15:1-10

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Last month I lost something very important to me. It was a Detroit Tigers baseball cap. You’d think a baseball cap wouldn’t matter much, but this one did. It was a gift, it was new, and though I’m pretty sure that most caps look dumb on my head, I thought this one actually worked. It was a special gift, I really liked it – and I lost it. (more…)

“Made and Remade”

16th Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 18:1-11

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