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About carissalick

EL teacher, Christian, activist, learner, wife, mom

Lessons from the Past: More Relevant than Ever

My final semester of college, I had the incredible privilege of taking a class called Holocaust and Theology, which was highly recommended to me by numerous classmates and friends who had already taken it. Little did I know it at … Continue reading

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Peace

Texts: John 14:23-29 and Revelation 21:10-22:5 What do you do when you’re about to leave a place for good? One year ago, yesterday, I moved here from South Dakota. And even though I was actually returning to my home state … Continue reading

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Jesus the Mother Hen

Luke 13:31-35 31 At that time, some Pharisees approached Jesus and said, “Go! Get away from here, because Herod wants to kill you.” 32 Jesus said to them, “Go, tell that fox, ‘Look, I’m throwing out demons and healing people today and … Continue reading

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Staying Alive, or Living?

Text: Matthew 6:25-33 Yesterday, I was up in the Cities for the memorial service of my mom’s mom, my last living grandparent. My Grandma Carol was very much her own unique person, as strong-willed and fiercely independent as they come. … Continue reading

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Why Christianity?

Texts: Luke 4:14-21 & 1 Corinthians 15:17-28, 54b-58 (look them up here in my favorite translation) It doesn’t take much of a foray into the Christian literature or talking points to become clear on one thing: Churches really want members. … Continue reading

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The Powerful Diversity of Pentecost

Text: Acts 2:1-21 Last August, I had the unbelievable opportunity to spend a week in Switzerland with my family to celebrate my sister’s wedding to her Swiss husband. My parents were there, my sister and her husband were there, his … Continue reading

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Why Be a Christian?

“I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” –Genesis 12:2 Lately, I’ve realized something about myself: I’m a great evangelist. I mean this literally. The word “evangelist” comes from the Greek word … Continue reading

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Formless and Void (Sermon on Genesis 1:1-2:4a)

Text: Genesis 1:1-2:4a From when I first started reading them at age 12 until Book 7 came out when I was 19, I was—to put it mildly—a tad bit obsessed with Harry Potter. I often spent my free time theorizing … Continue reading

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No Need for a Sycamore Tree (Sermon on Luke 19:1-10)

He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax-collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because … Continue reading

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Look Ahead: A Sermon on Luke 9:51-62

Luke 9:51-62 51When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make … Continue reading

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