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Pastor Mason Beecroft, 03/29/2009

The story of Abraham and Isaac is a difficult one. In a strange turn, God orders Abraham to kill his beloved son. This is not how we like to think about God. We are used to a safe, predictable God. He is nothing of the sort in this story. We like our God tamed. This wild, untamed God is unsettling. We would prefer not to think that God would order someone to sacrifice their own son. Such an account challenges the firm, easy categories we have constructed for a deity under our control. But we live in a strange time and in an odd land where most believe in a neutered God who blesses all we do and exists only to give us stuff and make us happy and feel good about ourselves. We live in a world of faith made boring and predictable. People even think they conjure up God like a genie in a bottle with their manipulated emotional appeals; simplistic therapeutic advice; or a good back beat and a guitar riff. The God of Holy Scripture, the True and Living God, however, is nothing of the sort. The twenty-second chapter of Genesis confronts us with a God that is far from safe, tame, and predictable. He is a dangerous. He takes the most unbelievable actions.

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Vicar Chris Tiews, 03/25/2009

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Pastor Mason Beecroft, 03/22/2009

Today Luke introduces us to Mary, a poor, young virgin Jewish girl living in first-century Palestine. She is pious, perhaps. Yet there is nothing extraordinary about her, not her heritage or her home. She is simply engaged to be married to Joseph. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the Angel Gabriel, God’s very own messenger, appears before her of all people. He did not attend to a princess or a lady of privilege, but to an ordinary Jewish girl. He says, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” Favored one? The Lord is with you? This greeting puzzles and confuses young Mary. It would puzzle and confuse anyone. How often does an angel show up and say such things? Understandably, Mary is afraid. She wonders about the meaning of all this. What had she done? Is this going to be trouble? …

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Pastor Mason Beecroft, 03/22/2009

The people were impressed with Jesus. They had seen Him heal the sick and they were taken by His power and ability. They were not used to seeing such things and so the word about Him spread. A large mob gathered and followed Him. The count, St. John tells us, was five thousand men, not counting women and children. It is safe to say there were about fifteen thousand people clamoring after Jesus. It is no surprise then that Jesus needed some space to breathe and so He headed for the mountain with His disciples.

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Pastor Beecroft, 03/22/2009

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Vicar Chris Tiews, 03/15/2009

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