Inside Out

Do You Want to Be Healed?

“Soon another Feast came around and Jesus was back in Jerusalem. Near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there was a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda, with five alcoves. Hundreds of sick people – blind, crippled, paralyzed – were in these…
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Eulogy

FEBRUARY 2012: INSIDE OUT by Thom Fiet "You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." Matthew 5:48 Trudy Brower prayed for us in English, and then she prayed again for us in German, the assumption being that…
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Amid the Swelter of Chaos

Thom Fiet A woman stared at her portrait, still shimmering new from the hand of the master, Pablo Picasso. Before her, imprisoned in the frame, a tangle of broken shapes—a triangle representing her head, rectangles for extremities, an oval for…
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Putting Things to Right

Thom Fiet The scriptures give us a great many views of God, and we, of course, are eager to add our own. Here on the banks of the Jordan River in Matthew 3, we get the feeling that we are…
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Full House

Good morning passengers; a service of Christian, Protestant worship will begin in twenty minutes in Sojourners' chapel. The invitation echoed down each elevated concourse, every traveler given notice of divine, heavenly worship, materializing just steps away from them. In twenty…
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Witchelder

It did seem odd bringing a witch to a denominational meeting. Not as odd as having Jo serving as an Elder in our church, but still odd enough. Serving two small congregations, sometimes a witch is what is offered in…
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Preaching Tips

"We are sorry for the loss of your friend, and his courageous battle against cancer; but it is not interesting." I heard these words from a Pulitzer Prize winning poet at the University of Iowa a few years ago. It…
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Grandpa’s Prisons

My father called me the other day, with all the excitement of a boy who had bagged his first rabbit. He informed me that he had started investing for his grandchildren, something "that's going to reap huge dividends, a guaranteed…
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Prostrate Cancer

At what point do you correct a parishioner about his insistence that he has prostrate cancer?  How do you break the good news to him that he does not have cancer only when he is lying down, but he has…