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Zebulun Treloar
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What does it mean to have a good shepherd?
Preached at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Newton IA 4/22/18 Texts: Psalm 23, John 10:11-18 On Maundy Thursday we stripped the altar. All the color was drained from this place. It lay empty, barren. As I stared at the starkness, I thought about how brave t...
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Snakes and Salvation
A Sermon Preached at St. Stephen’s, Newton 3/11/18 Texts: Numbers 21:4-9 John 3:14-21 Sometimes I have to sit a while with a text because it bothers me. Our first reading today bothered me. I found myself turning to commentaries only to find they were movin...
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Snakes and Salvation
A Sermon Preached at St. Stephen’s, Newton 3/11/18 Texts: Numbers 21:4-9 John 3:14-21 Sometimes I have to sit a while with a text because it bothers me. Our first reading today bothered me. I found myself turning to commentaries only to find they were movin...
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From Virginia to Iowa: A Reflection on the Violence in Charlottesville
The images and news coming from Charlottesville Virginia is haunting. What can you say about a bunch of angry white men carrying torches to intimidate and incite violence? The ugly head of white supremacy moves along the streets and has even inflicted murde...
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The Discipline of Poverty
I have been thinking a lot over the past two years about poverty. Now, I must say that we are not deeply impoverished. We have pets. We rent a house. We have two cars. We have enough money to get through the month. But as a whole, that's where our money end...
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I Come For the Eucharist
This is a piece I wrote after my first meeting with a spiritual director, where he saw me light up about the Eucharist. It was something I promptly wrote, sent in for the church newsletter, and then set aside. It wasn't until this week, in conversation with...
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Delving into the Story
The other day I found myself at a reception for an ordination in the church basement. And I gravitated, as I often do towards the clergy. The bishop and his wife joined us. During the conversation, his wife, a talented actress and dancer, asked me about my ...
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Dear United Methodist Siblings: A Letter as You Head to General Conference
Dear United Methodist Siblings, It feels strange for me to write to you, because I am not one of you anymore, but I have come to the conclusion that I will always be connected to you. Through my family, my work, and my history, we will always be linked. I w...
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"Do You Want to Be Made Well?" A Reflection by the Pool of Beth-Zatha
Preached at Trinity Episcopal Church, Iowa City on May 1, 2016 Gospel text: John 5:1-9 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long
time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?                Take a moment to imagine the turm...
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An Invitation to Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday is the odd child of Holy Week. We have washed feet, retold the story of the institution of the Eucharist, followed Jesus into the Garden of Gethsemane, heard the cries of "Crucify Him!" and marked with silence his death on the cross. And then ...
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