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This week’s sermon came on the heels of Preacher Camp.  What that means is that this was really a collaborative sermon, born when one of us asked the group: “Hey, anybody preaching on the Hosea text this Sunday?  What’ve you got to share??!?”  Lots of conversations, passing comments, brilliant brainstorms, and furious note-scribbling ensued, and those of us working with the passage came up with some great shared ideas.  I have to… Read More

When we all got together this past week it was incredible to sit in together and think about where we’ve been, what the journey together has been like, and the incredible gratitude I feel to have somehow, miraculously, been included in such company. It started seven (!) years ago.  Jim Somerville and I had been meeting weekly to discuss the text for the week.  Every Monday morning we’d meet up at Starbucks… Read More

Sermons from the Calvary pulpit: July 18, 2010 A Sermon by Rev. Edgar Palacios Amos 8:1-12 Jason Smith will translate when I speak in Spanish, but when I speak in English, it is your responsibility to understand me. Hay un problema que expresa la maldad humana. Este problema se da en las relaciones personales y en las estructuras sociales, sean políticas o económicas. Me refiero a la injusticia. Existe injusticia en la… Read More

I was going to write 30 things I learned from blogging for 30 days but that was just too ridiculous; I’m done with the whole 30 Day shtick for awhile.  So, I am going to attempt to reflect here on some of the (many, though maybe not 30) lessons I learned from my recent experiment of writing something—anything—for 30 straight days on my blog. A little review: I took on the 30… Read More

Holy Trouble Makers: Amos Amos 7:7-17 I really hated the film Greenberg.  Perhaps you’ve seen it.  If you haven’t, I’ll try not to spoil it for you.  If you have, well, I’m sorry. It wasn’t that the film was bad—ironically, it’s very well-made and layered with metaphor and meaning.  The problem for me was that the main character, Roger Greenberg, is annoying beyond belief.  I couldn’t stand him during the film, and… Read More

It’s Day 30, which I knew would come whether I blogged 30 times or not, but I am feeling pretty good to be here with 30 entries (some of questionable quality, but still . . . ) registered on the blog.  It feels like running around the bases and finally getting to home, which is a weird metaphor for me to be imaging, since playing sports that involve bases is not in… Read More

Yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s past midnight.  I know.  Here’s my entry for today, uh, yesterday:  I’ve been thinking all day long about “Holy Trouble Makers,” our theme for our next sermon series on the prophetic texts in the lectionary.  Strangely enough, I am not thinking about this because I am so very holy and all I can think about in my free time is the Bible . . . .  No, my… Read More

I am not among those people who really loved high school.  Honestly, I couldn’t wait to get out of high school and on to whatever grand adventures awaited me beyond the oppressive social constructs of adolescence and (mostly) the confines of my parents’ house. So I was very surprised a few years ago when 20 years since high school graduation rolled around and I started getting emails about a reunion.  I couldn’t… Read More