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Kenneth Kovacs
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We Presbyterians love to think, rationalize, and analyze our way into God’s Kingdom. A thinking faith is good, but thought needs to be rooted in something deeper, it needs to be rooted in the heart. And as the psalmist and Jesus (and even Calvin) knew, the heart must take the lead. 

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Love is the only force that can transform an enemy into a friend.” King had lots of enemies. He had good reasons to hate. Yet, as a servant of Christ, his only response was love. “Love your enemies,” Jesus said, “and pray for those who persecute you.” So, how do we learn to love?

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Loving the Enemy
Matthew 5:38-48 Seventh
Sunday in Ordinary Time It’s been said that, “The Christian ideal has not been
tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”     That’s
how G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) put it in his essay “What’s Wrong Wit...

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Thanks, Susan, for your very generous review!

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We cannot sever what happens in the sanctuary from the way we live in society. If our worship isn’t deepening our commitment to care for our neighbors, the needs of strangers, anyone in need, if our worship doesn’t lead to a more generous heart, a more expansive life, then something is seriously wrong.

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If our worship isn’t deepening our commitment to care for the needs of our neighbors, the needs of strangers, anyone in need, if our worship doesn’t lead to a more generous heart, a more expansive life, then something is seriously wrong with our worship life.

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Calling Out False Religion
Isaiah 58 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary
Time Sacrament of the Lord's Supper The
Revised Common Lectionary for this Sunday suggests that we read Isaiah 58:1-9a,
possibly through verse 12, but leave off the last two verses.    It’s a long chapter, for sure. But I ...

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How can the church take up its call to be an agent of healing in society, of binding up the wounds of God’s people, without first tending to the wounds of division within it? A start might be to refrain from labelling Christians "conservative" or "liberal". You certainly won't find these words in the Bible.

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Healing our Divide
1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Third Sunday after
Epiphany Sometimes the Lectionary knows
exactly what we need to hear.  Sometimes the
Revised Common Lectionary (which we use most Sundays) speaks directly to what
we’re facing and experiencing in our lives. 
It’s as ...

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Questions can be holy. A good question wakes us and shakes us out of complacency; it pierces our souls, strikes our hearts, and cracks open our lives. A good question shatters our assumptions and breaks up sclerotic thinking. A good question can transfigure reality and cast everything in a new light.

Jesus began his ministry with a question, What do you seek in life? How we answer this question will direct our steps and inform our lives as his disciples.
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