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Cooking the Books

Sunday, September 22, 2013 — Lectionary 25 C - Pentecost 18 C — Luke 16:1-13

I was shocked when I heard about it a few days ago. How could anyone have gotten away with cooking the books on a scale this huge? U.S. attorney Joe Hogsett called it the largest tax and securities fraud scheme in Indiana history. An Indiana based biofuels company cheated investors and taxpayers out of more than $100 million since July 2009. Someone is going to spend a lot of time in jail.

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Reading Between Lines

Monday, September 9, 2013 — Lectionary 23C — Philemon 1-21

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Minding Your Manners

Sunday, September 1, 2013 — Pentecost 15 C / Lectionary 22 — Luke 4:1, 7-14

My name is Benjamin, a devout Jew, a son of Abraham and a loyal member of the Pharisees, dedicated to keeping the Law of Moses and preserving the ways of our people. I also believe that the Messiah has come, Jesus of Nazareth. I am one of his followers. You look confused. You must be wondering how I ever got to this point. How could I, a devout Jew and Pharisee, also be a follower of Jesus?

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Jesus and Family Values

Monday, August 19, 2013 — Lectionary 20C — Luke 12

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Strangers in a Foreign Land

Sunday, August 11, 2013 — Lectionary 19 C — Hebrews 11-3, 8-16 / Confirmation of Sam Schmidt

Being a stranger in a foreign land means that no one owns us but God. It means that we are free to leave all that this world thinks is important behind. We are never completely at home in this world because ultimately we are defined by the promises of God . . . and not the promises of our wallet.

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