Sermons by Rev. Tim Hare

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“How to Experience God”

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Oct. 27, 2019 Luke 18:9-14   I’m pretty sure that we cannot think our way into God encounters.  We can think our way into the type of God we want to encounter, but that’s not the same as an actual encounter.  We cannot work our way into these encounters either, as the Pharisee in our […]

“The Power of Belief”

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April 28, 2019 Acts 5:27-32 John 20:19-31 Giving Campaign 1   “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”  It is easy to hear those words as if they are directed to Thomas.  In fact, they are directed to him according to the dialogue, and when we read them that […]

“Easter Sunday!”

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April 21, 2019 Luke 24:1-12   What is most interesting, I think, about Luke’s version of the Easter story is that there is no body, no Jesus present.  Unlike in John’s gospel, the one that tends to be more familiar, Jesus doesn’t appear to the women, call Mary by name, and open her eyes to […]

“Why We Need to Know Bartimaeus”

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Oct. 28, 2018 Hebrews 7:23-28 Mark 10:46-52   The Book of Hebrews doesn’t get a ton of play in the lectionary that we (and most other mainline churches) follow. Right now, toward the end of what they call Year B, is high season for Hebrews.  We get 7 weeks of Hebrews; that is, if I […]

“Glory”

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Oct. 21, 2018 Job 38:1-7, 34-41 Psalm 104 Mark 10:35-45   A friend of mine told me the other day how he keeps getting these really inspired sermon ideas.  He shared some of those ideas with me and I agreed: they were fantastic.  The churches where he had been preaching agreed too.  “They really responded,” […]

“Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”

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Oct. 7, 2018 Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12 Mark 10:2-16   Here’s how one of my commentaries begins its reflection on Mark 10:2-16: “She did not look like a Pharisee. She appeared harmless: a flowered-print dress, short in stature, glasses too large for her rounded face.  I thought she was going to welcome me to the church.  […]

“True Religion”

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Sept. 2, 2018 Song of Solomon 2:8-13 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23   I told you about Debie Thomas last week. She blogs on the lectionary passages, and so far I have to say I haven’t read a thing by her that’s failed to leave me at least little better off than I was before.  This […]

“What’s the Message?”

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Feb. 4, 2018 1 Cor. 9:16-23 Mark 1:29-39   I always wonder what you hear when we read the scriptures. What are the sticking points or the questions that might enter your mind as we hear these brief snippets of the bible?  I think about this question as I prepare my sermons. If you are […]

“The Word”

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Jan. 14, 2018 Psalm 139 John 1:43-51   “’In the beginning was… well, what? A clap of the divine hands and a poetic shock wave?  Or, an itchy node of nothingness inconceivably scratching itself into somethingess?  In the beginning was the ‘Word,’ says the Gospel according to John – a lovely statement of the case, […]

“Wait for It”

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Nov. 5, 2017 Psalm 107 Matthew 23:1-12   I’ve said it before, but more and more I find these times to be incredibly confusing and unsettling.  It’s our government, it’s our foreign relations, it’s the lack of civil discourse in society, it’s alternative facts and increasing polarization, it’s environmental degradation, it’s the degradation of community, […]