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Journey to the Cross, step 1: The Fall

March 9, 2014 (The First Sunday of Lent) Service for the Lord’s Day Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7, Matthew 4:1-11 Reverend Stephen Caine 2:15 “The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every […]

“How Not to Succeed in Life”

Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, Matthew 5:38-48 Reverend Stephen Caine 5:38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; 40 and if anyone wants […]


There is a common belief among some Christians that the biggest difference between the Old Testament and the New, between the Law and Prophets and Jesus, is that Jesus throws out all the old, legalistic Law, and brings in love. I often hear people talk about “the God of the Old Testament,” as a vindictive, […]

The Great Conundrum of the Christian Faith

Isaiah58:1-9, Matthew 5:13-20 Reverend Stephen Caine   5:13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on […]

Feast of the Presentation

At some point early in human history, we made a big mistake. We decided that the physical world and the spiritual world were different. We started talking about body and soul, about spirit and flesh, as if they were different. And then, to make matters worse, we decided that one was better than the other. […]

Jesus Makes it Look so Easy

Isaiah 9:1-4, Matthew 4:12-23 Reverend Stephen Caine   4:12 “Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be […]

2 Epiphany 2014

I was trying to imagine this week what it would be like to live in a world that had never heard of Jesus. It’s almost impossible. That one life changed this world in so many ways, and so many of our most basic values and perspectives come from 2000 years of Jesus’ influence. Forgiveness, redemption, […]

What’s in a Name?

Isaiah 42:1-9, Matthew 3:13-17 Reverend Stephen Caine   3:13 “Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for […]

II Christmas (A)

Thomas Wolfe says “You can’t go home again.” But TS Eliot says, “We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.” ― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets Which of them is right? There are three Gospel readings […]

I Christmas (A)

So now we come to the time of year for making New Year’s resolutions.  And I only have one thing to say to you about making those resolutions. Don’t.   The problem with New Year’s resolutions is, first of all, that they don’t work. We vow to lose weight or get in shape or whatever, […]


I want to look with you at the family in the stable. And I want to see them as they really are, not as we see them on Christmas cards or in ads. Whether the story as the Gospel writers tell it is historically or geographically accurate is not nearly as important as whether it […]

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