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Patrick Ryan
Pastor Patrick's sermons and other wondrous ventures.
Created 26 Aug 2021
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  • Jesus’s Hands. Our Hands. // Offering Humility
    24 Oct 2021 • 6 min read
    In first Century culture, sickness of any sort was thought to be caused by evil forces. Those afflicted were deemed impure and for the protection of everyone else around them, they were thrown out of ...
  • Jesus’s Hands. Our Hands. // Offering Mercy
    17 Oct 2021 • 5 min read
    There are many sorts of healing stories in the gospels. Some of these healing stories include Jesus speaking words or offering his touch to cure. Whether a cure could be given or not, those who encoun...
  • Jesus’s Hands. Our Hands. // Offering Wholeness
    10 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    There’s a 17th century painting by artist Johann Melchior Georg Schmittdner hanging in the Church of St. Peter in Augsburg, Germany called The Virgin Mary, Untier of Knots. In the painting, people are...
  • 20 Questions
    03 Oct 2021 • 5 min read
    Most likely Moses was minding his own business when he noticed something glowing out of the corner of his eye. This burning bush on holy ground. On fire but not burning up. This fire radiated God’s li...
  • Chasing Scoundrels
    26 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    Even his name, Jacob, means “grabber.” He emerged from his mother’s womb grasping the ankle of his brother, Esau. From the very start, he took hold of what was not his to have. Jacob never earned a th...
  • Our Own Isaacs
    20 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    What was Abraham thinking? Was he thinking? One read-through of the Bible, and you’ll know how strange scripture is. But this? This story from the middle of Genesis isn’t only strange; it’s terrifying...
  • What the Story of David and Goliath Teaches About Faith in the Face of COVID-19
    12 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    Whether we grew up reading from a Children’s Bible or not, ever stepped foot into a Sunday school classroom or not, we know the story of David and Goliath. It’s the lesson-loaded story of an unassumin...
  • In the Hands of the Clay-Worker
    12 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    This is the way our story begins. This is how God starts and how God starts in us. These are the first words we’re given about who we are, who God is, the what’s and the why’s of everything around us ...
  • A Call to Courage
    05 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    We’ve made our way to the final words of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Paul has done his best to open our Divine imaginations. He has certainly challenged us, stepped on our toes, too. He’s out to w...
  • The Thresholds of Faith
    29 Aug 2021 • 6 min read
    We’ve slowly made our way through Ephesians, word by word and wonder by wonder. We’ve seen how serious Paul is about getting the life of God—the large, eternal, infinite life of God—inside us. The let...
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