Category Archives: Wizard of Oz

There’s No Place Like….Where’s Toto?

  We are almost at the end of our journey on the Yellow Brick Road. Today we will learn how Toto, the mythic Trickster, helps Dorothy see what life is all about.    Romans 8:28-30 28We know that all things … Continue reading

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Of Witches, Flying Monkeys, and Munchkins

  When I mentioned I was doing a series on the Wizard of Oz, I got a very common reaction from people—that movie scared me to death. Whether it was the Wizard, who really scared me, or the Wicked Witch … Continue reading

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A Very Bad Wizard

  One of my favorite movies is Bruce Almighty.  In one scene Bruce encounters God, who encourages Bruce to pray. Bruce prays. “Lord, feed the hungry, and bring peace to all of mankind.:” he turns to God and asks, “How’s … Continue reading

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A Heart, and “Da Noirve”

The two boys were a bit different from the other parishioners, even from the other kids in the church. One was 15, the other was 17. They were both in a band. There were both on the cutting edge of … Continue reading

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If I Only Had a Brain

Third in a series of sermons on the Wizard of Oz. This week we are looking at the Scarecrow, and the need to be thinking Christians.   I was a young Christian, trying to figure things out, and I was … Continue reading

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Leaving Kansas

TEXTS: Isaiah 6:-1-8, Matthew 5:1-11 Dorothy and Kansas In the late 1990s Alaska Airlines ran an ad that showed a beautiful scene in Alaska, tagged with the words, “When you’ve seen Alaska the rest of the country looks like Kansas.” … Continue reading

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road

(This is the first in a series of sermons using the Wizard of Oz as a way of understanding the spiritual life. Texts at the end.)     Come with me on a journey—a journey down the Yellow Brick Road. … Continue reading

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