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  • Double Cross

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Aug 10, 2001
    based on 34 ratings
     | 1,440 views

    You can only get the right perspective on the cross if you look at it from two angles: from the angle of suffering and sacrifice, and the angle of resurrection and victory.

    DOUBLE CROSS Did you know that some people are right-eyed and some people are left-eyed? It’s true. Point at something 10 or 20 feet away - that’s right, hold out your finger. Then close your left eye. If you don’t have to move your finger, you’re right-eyed. If you have to move your finger ...read more

  • An Extravagant Gesture

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Aug 10, 2001
    based on 81 ratings
     | 4,877 views

    Extravagant gestures are an appropriate - even necessary - expression of love.

    Do you know how much it cost? $15,000, that’s how much. And that’s just for the perfume! The bottle she broke was worth nearly that much on its own. I can’t see why Jesus was so upset with us for complaining about the waste. I mean, I saw his point later on, but how could we have known then? ...read more

  • The Blame Game

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Aug 10, 2001
    based on 55 ratings
     | 2,953 views

    Three views of the beheading of John the Baptist, or how to blame someone else for your actions.

    The Blame Game What do you suppose happened at the palace the next morning, when Herod woke up with a hangover the size of the Roman Empire and a public relations problem twice as big? I can hear them all spinning the story, can’t you? It’s not the way it seems! It’s not my fault! I’m not to ...read more

  • Tall Trees And Tumbleweeds Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Aug 10, 2001
    based on 41 ratings
     | 2,029 views

    Honoring parents gives us and society the stability we need to flourish.

    I started reading science fiction when I was 11 or 12, I think. My father brought home a couple of Heinlein juveniles from the library, Red Planet and Space Cadet. I don’t remember which one I read first, they’re both still favorites. All the Heinlein juvies are good reading. The plots were ...read more

  • A Transfer Of Power

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on May 12, 2001
    based on 125 ratings
     | 3,994 views

    What Elisha’s succession to Elijah’s office can tell us about the transfer of power: God’s use of imperfect people, the need for loyalty, ambition, and decisiveness.

    A TRANSFER OF POWER How many of you came to our play? Do you remember when Steve came in at the beginning of the 2nd Act, dressed as Samson with hair almost down to his waist? Did you laugh? If you did, you better watch out for bears. That’s what happened to the boys of Bethel who made fun ...read more

  • Heartsick

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Apr 16, 2001
    based on 40 ratings
     | 850 views

    Dramatic monologue: pilgrim to Jerusalem observes behavior of priests, soldiers and disappointed follower at the crucifixion of Jesus.

    Heartsick And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, "He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!" The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save ...read more

  • Unbelievable!

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Apr 16, 2001
    based on 41 ratings
     | 1,079 views

    The resurrection of is only unbelievable if you refuse to look squarely at the evidence.

    Unbelievable! I’m fond of joking that I have my resurrection body already reserved, and it’s a size 8. Everyone always laughs. Of course I don’t know what it will look like - I may have feathers, or fins! But we all know, don’t we, that whatever resurrection is about it isn’t going to include ...read more

  • Death Valley Days

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Mar 10, 2001
    based on 67 ratings
     | 1,859 views

    Ties together Israel’s disobedience during the Exodus, people’s failure to recognize Jesus when he came, and our own obliviousness to the warning signs around us. Lesson: Hardships aren’t for punishnment, it’s to point us to God.

    Have any of you ever watched a movie or a TV show about a wagon train? You know, a column of Conestoga wagons, what they called prairie schooners, with the rounded canvas tent-tops? When I was young Westerns were the commonest sort of show, and everyone knew the conventions: The square-jawed ...read more

  • First In Ten Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Dec 2, 2000
    based on 92 ratings
     | 2,697 views

    Introduction to Sermon Series on the 10 Commandments: Why God gave them, what they say about God, what they say about people.

    As many of you know, I am a major fan of murder mysteries. I’ve excused the habit for years because Dorothy Sayers approved of them (She’s the woman who wrote the Lord Peter Wimsey mystery stores, you may have seen them on PBS? She was also a rather brilliant theologian, and a friend of C.S. ...read more

  • A Control Issue Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Dec 2, 2000
    based on 80 ratings
     | 2,504 views

    The second in a series on the 10 Commandments dealing with how the human craving to be in control translates to making graven images, idolatry, worshiping the work of our hands.

    One of the Christmas cards I got this year wasn’t really a Christmas card. It wasn’t even a Hannukah card. It was a Solstice card. It came from an old friend of mine named Sally who sang soprano in my medieval chamber vocals ensemble and taught me Middle Eastern dancing. (That’s belly dancing, ...read more

  • Time Out Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Dec 2, 2000
    based on 84 ratings
     | 2,708 views

    On keeping the Sabbath, recognizing it as a gift from God, a temporary lifting of the curse of labor and economic utilitarianism.

    TIME OUT Before I became a Christian I got into a lot of New Age stuff, from Tarot to numerology. I didn’t spend a lot of time on numerology, I didn’t really start enjoying numbers until I got my computer, but I did find out that my personal number was seven. I don’t remember exactly how the ...read more

  • A Full Name Series

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Dec 2, 2000
    based on 82 ratings
     | 1,534 views

    Third Commandment: How not to use God’s name emptily, keeping it full of meaning.

    A FULL NAME Names are important. Choosing a name for a new baby can occupy a couple right up until birth - sometimes even beyond. My godchildren’s father Chad drove my friend Caryl crazy right up to delivery insisting that any son of his would be named Beowulf. I think he was just pulling her ...read more

  • A Responsible Position

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 41 ratings
     | 2,734 views

    Stewardship of Creation is part of our responsibility to God: We respond to God through our activity in the world he made.

    A Responsible Position When I prepare a sermon, I often look around to see what other people have made of the passage I am about to preach on. Don’t worry - I could no more preach most other peoples’ sermons than I can fit into my old size 10’s - and for much the same reason. They just DON’T ...read more

  • The Question Of Job

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 64 ratings
     | 4,079 views

    The answer to Job’s anguished question of "Why?" does not come in words but in presence.

    I met Janet at a party, several years ago, the kind of combination business/social gathering where people talk shop, and network, and make superficial small talk. It’s the sort of event I usually avoid if at all possible, but of course it wasn’t always possible. Anyway, for some reason Janet ...read more

  • Where Is Your Center?

    Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 56 ratings
     | 1,010 views

    When I told friends and acquaintances in Minnesota that I was moving to New Jersey, one of the commo

    When I told friends and acquaintances in Minnesota that I was moving to New Jersey, one of the commonest responses was, "How close will you be to Atlantic City?" This seemed to me to be an odd reaction, it certainly isn't something I'm particularly attuned to. But now every time I turn the corner ...read more