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Kevin Powell
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Frantically searching for signs of the Kingdom with a little help from my friends.
Frantically searching for signs of the Kingdom with a little help from my friends.

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Lent 3B: Series: #MakingFaithMatter
NB: You can listen to the sermon by clicking here. Familiar words from Jesus, eh? Those of us who’ve been around the church long enough have probably forgotten the punch that this passage packs. It’s become for many of us, perhaps, too familiar. They’ve los...

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Lent 1B Series: #MakingFaithMatter
NB: Click here to listen to the audio. 
“Be doers of the word and not merely hearers…” The one question I always ask myself when preparing a sermon is, “So what?” meaning, “What does this have to do with anything?” 

All this study and thought might be fun,...

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Epiphany 3B
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” Repentance. What do you hear when someone speaks that word? What springs to mind? I think the Christian proclamation has twisted this word into so many knot...

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Epiphany 2B
“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are beneficial. All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. 13“Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food,” and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is me...

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Baptism of Jesus
The folks who chose this passage about John the Baptist left out the juicy bits. They took their scissors to the parts where John’s venom is most poisonous. John had a few choice words for King Herod and his wife. John didn’t like the fact that Herod marrie...

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Christmas 2B
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” I understand why we read this passage from John’s gospel every Christmas season, but, I’m not always happy about it. To me, it sounds bloodless, the abstract ruminations of a c...

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Christmas 1B
I rang the doorbell and a young woman answered. “Hello I’m Pastor Kevin,” I said. She let me in and we sat down on the couch. The baby was asleep in the crib by the window. “So, why a baptism?” I asked. “Well, I think it’s important to have God in my child’...

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Advent 4B Series: "From Humbug to Hallelujah!"
How do you want to be remembered? I’m
going to tell you what you already know. You WILL die one day. There’s
no escaping that fact. One day you WILL be put into the ground and dirt
WILL be thrown on your face. There WILL be a day when tomorrow won’t
com...

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Advent 4B Series: "From Humbug to Hallelujah!"
How do you want to be remembered? I’m going to tell you what you already know. You WILL die one day. There’s no escaping that fact. One day you WILL be put into the ground and dirt WILL be thrown on your face. There WILL be a day when tomorrow won’t come. A...

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Sermon Series: From Humbug to Hallelujah: "When I look into this Scrooge’s eyes, I see a man who loved deeply, and lost even more deeply. In his eyes I don’t see mere bitterness or crankiness, I see suffering. I see darkness subdue a bright light.I see a man who didn’t just lose those whom he loved, I see a man who lost himself. The memories of a joyful youth only compounded his anger as the spirit showed him descending into bitter loneliness with each mistake, and was left helpless to change it, because the past was just a memory - but a living memory that haunted him worse than any ghost ever could...."
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