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Posts by Chris Tyack

Shining like the Son

Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray.  As he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory…

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Jesus, teacher of happiness

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive…

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Fishing for people

1. Jesus calls his first disciples on the shores of Lake Gennesseret – fishermen. This lake, incidentally, is the same lake the other gospel writers call Lake Galilee, or Lake Tiberias.  Yet as I discovered when researching this sermon, the Venerable Bede, that great sixth century saint of the English Church, believed that the name…

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Jesus’ ethic of compassion

Jesus, in his solidarity with the outcasts, is moved to compassion. The characteristic Greek word for compassion, splagchnoisomai, means to let one’s innards embrace the feeling or situation of another.  (Breuggeman 88)  As we will see, Jesus’ compassion is for the whole range of human persons who are harassed and helpless. He enters into the…

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What is the reign of God?

Forgiveness The reign of God means forgiveness – the unbinding from sin and accusation.  Jesus offered the amnesty of God to many whom a moralistic culture regarded as unworthy. Some thought this blasphemous. (Mk 2:7) Walter Breuggemann says, of Jesus’ forgiveness: We should not miss the radical criticism of society contained in the act. Hannah…

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Jesus, Prophet of Amnesty

Luke 1; 4:14-21 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,     because he has anointed me         to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives     and recovery of sight to the blind,         to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”  …

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Wine of everlasting joy

John 2:1-11 1. And so to the famous episode from St John’s gospel.  Jesus turns water into wine, appearing as the bringer of joy, the bringer of festival. This episode is called a “sign” (semeion).  It is a symbolic story, a story of real depth. In the text Jesus turns six large stone jars of…

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Christmas 2018

Luke 2:8-16 Chris Tyack 1. We hear again of the shepherds and the angels—a story thick with sentiment for many of us.  We heard it as children.  We hear it again as adults, trying to recapture some of its original glory, its strangeness, its mystique.  Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the…

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