What's Tony Thinking

And Then There’s God’s Story

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April 14, 2024 — Here’s my sermon of April 14, 2024. Text is below. Link to a video at the church’s You Tube Channel is here. And Then There’s God’s Story Luke 24: 36 – 48 For those who pay attention to this sort of thing, this is the first and the only Sunday during my nine Sundays with... Read More

At the Week’s End, April 12

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April 10, 2024 — Bird Notes: There’s lot of activity with two kinds of birds here in San Miguel these days. First off, there’s a “Great Egret” rookery (nesting site) near us. The big Egrets are pretty amazing. They look as if they are doing ballet in the trees. How the eggs stay in the the nest on a... Read More

Sad Lefties

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April 8, 2024 — There was a time when liberals and the left-leaning were upbeat, optimistic, and enjoyed the fray. They were proudly “progressive.” Hubert Humphrey described himself as “a happy warrior.” Today? “Happy warriors” are harder to find. The planet is dying. White supremacy rules. And everyone is traumatized. One element of Joe Biden’s out-of-touchness is that he... Read More

Maybe The Church Wasn’t So Bad After All?

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April 4, 2024 — Holy Week and Easter were salted this year, as every year lately, with news stories documenting church decline. Prior to this most recent theme, the well-timed seasonal stories for Christmas and Easter were a little different, but predictable. A church scandal here or a new revelation calling Christianity into doubt there. Regular as clockwork. Of... Read More

Loneliness from Another Perspective

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April 3, 2024 — Sometime last year the U.S. Surgeon General declared loneliness to be a phenomenon so severe in the U.S. that it constituted an epidemic. Many factors have been cited as contributing to the epidemic of loneliness including isolation during the pandemic, technology that allows people to interact without personal connection, and the decline of marriage and... Read More

While It Was Still Dark, An Easter Sermon

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March 31, 2024 — Here’s my Easter sermon from earlier today. The text was John 20: 1 – 18. Here’s the church’s You Tube of the service. The sermon probably starts at about 15 minutes in. Or you read it in text attached below. A blessed Easter to you you! While It Was Still Dark John 20: 1 –... Read More

Easter Eve

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March 30, 2024 — A blessed Easter to you, each and every one! I’m definitely “back in the saddle” here in San Miguel. Tomorrow, Easter Sunday, will be my fifth week in row in the pulpit, with four more to go in my stint here. It’s been quite a while since I’ve preached nine Sundays in a row. Someone... Read More

The Foot Washing I Remember

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March 26, 2024 — Tomorrow is Maundy Thursday, so named for Jesus saying to his disciples at their last supper together, “I give you a new commandment: love one another as I have loved you.” The latin for “commandment” is maundatum, hence “maundy.” But the immediate, if penultimate, defining act of the “as I have loved you,” is often left... Read More

What Kind of Day is Palm Sunday?

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March 24, 2024 — Here’s my sermon from today, March 24, Palm Sunday. You have a choice of the written version below or of the video at to the church’s You Tube channel using this link. Some churches do Palm/ Passion Sunday these days, combining the Palm Sunday story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem with a reading of the... Read More

The Weekend Here

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March 23, 2024 — Yesterday, March 23, was “Viernes de Dolores,” or the Friday of Sorrows here in San Miguel. It is a day, one week before Good Friday, devoted to Mary and her sorrow as Holy Week approaches. Throughout town there are altars to the Virgin. In the evening people visit these altars, some of which are created... Read More