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Do No Harm

9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10 love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. 14 Bless … Continue reading Do No Harm

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Becoming…On In Ministry

1 After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know you, … Continue reading Becoming…On In Ministry

A Maundy Thursday Communion

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As I sat to write a sermon for Maundy Thursday the words would not come to my mind. I could not think of what I wanted to say. So I took a different direction. During Lent I had been doing a sermon series in my churches on Communion, so I decided to make my message … Continue reading A Maundy Thursday Communion

Terror in Boston April 15, 2013

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I woke up this morning to what is one of my more favorite days of the year. It is Patriot's Day. Now for those of you who know me know that I am not from Boston, MA nor have I ever been there. However, due to my friends I have become attached to the city. … Continue reading Terror in Boston April 15, 2013

Returning to “Normal” life

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It seems like every time I go on a mission trip, or a retreat, or some kind of spiritual awakening experience I always reflect on returning back to "normal" life. What does this mean. Do we need to return back to what we know as "normal"? For those of you who have been keeping up … Continue reading Returning to “Normal” life

The Marathon

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During J-term in my first year of seminary I took a class on the missional church and one of the assignments for the class was to create a metaphor for the missional church. The missional church is about being the church and it is very difficult, so naturally i compared it to something i know is … Continue reading The Marathon

God

This is a reflection that comes from my sermon for this coming Sunday...think of it as a teaser for what is to come. Frederick Buechner writes, "Buechner is my name. It is pronounced Beek-ner. If somebody mispronounces it in some foolish way, I have the feeling that what's foolish is me. If somebody forgets it, … Continue reading God

Receiving Grace

Today is World Communion Sunday. It is the Sunday in our Christian calendar when we not only recognize but celebrate, our global nature as the church. We look past individual church communities, and even denominations and focus on the one major thing that unites us…Christ. And we do this with the celebration of a meal … Continue reading Receiving Grace

Gleaning and Hope (Ruth 2)

Last week we started this series of diving into the book of Ruth as a way to begin to unpack how God works in our lives by looking at this story of two empowered women trying to just live in this world. We went through last week by looking at loyalty in love. We saw … Continue reading Gleaning and Hope (Ruth 2)

Loss and Loyalty (Ruth 1)

This week we are beginning a new sermon series and this one in particular gets me excited, because it is one of my favorite Hebrew Bible texts. Over the next four weeks we are going to be exploring the book of Ruth and the richness and fullness that are held, even within its few pages. … Continue reading Loss and Loyalty (Ruth 1)

Do Good

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will put the sheep at … Continue reading Do Good