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Jesus' baptism, and ours

A sermon preached the First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord  (January 10, 2016) The Rev. John Ohmer, Rector The Falls Church Episcopal, Falls Church, Virginia
Today is the day set aside in the church year to remember Jesus’ baptism, and therefore it’s a good chance to think about baptism in general. The gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke all have an account of Jesus’ baptism, and there are subtle but important differences. Today I’d like to look at two differences that jump out at me from Luke’s account of the baptism.
First is how it begins: “the people are filled with expectation and questioning in their hearts whether John (the Baptist) might be the messiah.”
It’s human nature to be filled with expectation and to wonder if someone might be the messiah, the savior, the one who will deliver us from our troubles, fix things, restore things, put things right.
As you know, I don’t often get political in my sermons and I never get partisan. But as the election cycle starts g…

Why I'm not buying a Powerball ticket (but will buy a Mega-million one)

I don't have anything to say about David Bowie, so I thought I'd write about the other event people seem to be captivated by, and that's the billion-dollar Powerball lottery.

After prayerful consideration -- really, I considered it, while praying -- I decided I would NOT buy one.
It's not because I hate standing in lines, or because the odds of winning are so horrible. I believe in miracles. And despite the odds, someone (or now, likely many someones) will eventually win this thing. 
And yes, I do realize that even though the odds are nearly impossible, the only way of guaranteeing one can NOT win is by not buying a ticket. 
And that's exactly why I'm not buying a ticket.

I've decided that I honestly, sincerely, do not want to win that much money.   
Now lest you think I'm some holier-than-thou, Zen-like, Ghandi-esque or Ignatius of Loyola-esque person who is perfectly content with my already richer-than-most life -- someone who doesn't dream of hav…