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Jesus: A Moving Target

by Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper
May 15, 2016

Jesus says if you can see him in someone else you can see him. In Matthew 25: 44 – 46, “They (the disciples) also will answer, “Lord, when did we you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you? He will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” He...

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It Runs in the Family

by Rev. Micah Bucey
May 08, 2016

Dig, if you will, this picture: A modest, split-level house in the modest, split-level town of Massillon, Ohio. An uppity little eight-year-old boy, dressed to the nines in full gown, heels, makeup, and earrings, following his super-cool sixteen-year-old cousin Jennifer into her magical museum of a bedroom. Every nook and cranny is filled with the miracles of Midwestern-80s-adolescence, the denim,...

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Strategy

by Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper
May 01, 2016

The parable we are attending today is about how we use what we’ve got. It’s about Jesus leaving instructions for those left behind. He is on his way and wants to make sure we know what to do when he is not around. It is a harsh parable, one that tells you how much trouble you can get in if you don’t use what you’ve got right. The parable is about right use. Like so many...

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Knots After the Water

by Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper
April 24, 2016

 Today I come to you as diluter in chief, ready to make a case for original sin. I will base my case in Michelle Alexander’s theology and that of St. Paul. St. Paul argues that all, as in everyone, as in you and me and them, that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. No one can become new until they realize how distant we are from glory. Michelle Alexander, brilliant author of the New Jim Crow, argues that we Americans need to get in touch with our inner criminality. She borrows heavily from the theology of James Baldwin, who tells us that he has only one accusation for his country. Get over your innocence. Baldwin and Alexander argue that our innocence, our refusal to be wrong about anything, turns us into people who wrong. We let white students do crack at parties and imprison black people for drugs. Neither goes all the way back to original sin but both head there.

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