Speaker: Rev. Kate Davidson

Pastor Kate plays with the notion that, if he were alive today, King David might be skilled at building a persona through social media.  Like David we also desire to present our best possible selves to the world, in spite of God’s disregard for outward appearances.

 

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Complaints

If there was ever a week that felt worthy of complaint, last week was it. Pastor Kate remembers a time she was stuck in the Mojave Desert and reflects on what the Israelites must have felt wandering around in the wilderness after escaping Pharaoh. All of which connect to our own experience of wandering in the wilderness of tragedy for the past several weeks.

 


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The Good Place

People have been wrestling for years with the question of who goes to heaven and who goes to hell. On the TV show The Good Place, there is no heaven or hell. There is the Good Place and the Bad Place, and their answer to the question is that good people go to the Good Place and bad people go to the Bad Place. But the way that gets lived out on the show makes for an interesting dynamic between good and bad.

 

Sort of like the Jacob and Esau story from Genesis. Pastor Kate dives into how God seems to play with our understanding of what is good and bad and who is rewarded and punished for their behavior.

Accompanying Scripture:
Genesis 27:1-4, 15-23


Image source: Hollywood Reporter.  Screengrab from the NBC Series The Good Place.
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Loose Ends

No one likes loose ends or an unresolved movie ending. Which might be why the story of Abraham taking his son, Isaac, up a mountain to sacrifice him is so unsatisfying. The story reads like a movie plot, seemingly concluding with a happy ending. But a closer look reveals all sorts of loose ends.
Pastor Kate examines these loose ends and what they mean for us as people of God.
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“Surely, not I?”

It’s easy to watch Breaking Bad and assume we’d never become like Walter White; to assume that we are not capable of committing the atrocities he does while cooking and selling methamphetamine.  Pastor Kate tackles this assumption while also examining our slavery to sin – starting with the disciples and then ourselves. Yet, Jesus wants to save us. Which is part of what communion is all about.
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Part 4 of Such Great Things, a sermon series on the sacraments in the Lutheran tradition.
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Anchored

Pastor Kate revisits a time in her life when she was almost swept away by the wind and her need to have something else anchor her down – just as baptism is the anchor for our lives, especially in the midst of racism and Charlottesville.

Part of Such Great Things: Water, Bread & Wine – A sermon series on the sacraments in the Lutheran tradition.

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 46
Acts 2:37-42


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Got Your Back

Charles Boyle and Jake Peralta are partners and best friends on the sitcom, Brooklyn Nine Nine. They always have each other’s backs, and this is especially true when Charles needs a Captain Latvia doll for his son for Christmas.

Pastor Kate explores their relationship and the connection to Jesus’ promise to the disciples to ask God the Father to send another Advocate to be with them forever.

 

Accompanying Scripture:
John 14:15-21

 

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Mistaken Identity

If you’ve ever been on a phone call with someone you know well, then you likely can identify who answers the phone simply the other person’s voice. Pastor Kate had an experience in which the person she thought she was speaking with may not have been correct. She then uses that story to examine Jesus’ claims in John 10 that the sheep know the shepherd by the sound of his voice.

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What You Can’t See

You are an adult when you pay for things you can’t see. This is the newest marker of adulthood. Yet, sometimes it seems to be easier to understand why we should pay the electric bill than to believe in a risen God. Pastor Kate explores these ideas alongside the “Doubting Thomas” story.

Accompanying Scripture:
John 20:19-31


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Agony – April 3, 2017 Sermon

Jesus’ arrival in Bethany must have been agonizing for Mary and Martha, especially when Jesus arrives a day too late for there to be any hope of bringing their brother, Lazarus, back from the dead.

Sometimes waiting for God to show up in our lives is agonizing. God just doesn’t seem to show up when we want or expect. Pastor Kate explores these themes and the story of the raising of Lazarus.

Accompanying Scripture:

John 11:1-45


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