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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

The Glass​

Last week we began this series called “Stained Glass.” I talked about the beauty of stained glass windows and my wonder and amazement of how artists can bring together so many tiny pieces of glass to form a beautiful image. I began to break down how I see this as a metaphor for the church. … Continue reading The Glass​

Testimony to the Resurrection

It is so insightful to consider the early beginnings of the church. As we journey from the resurrection to our celebration of Pentecost or the coming of the Holy Spirit, this is a time for us, the modern church, to consider what it means for us to be sent. We are sent in the name … Continue reading Testimony to the Resurrection

Our Eyes Are Opened

Today is one of the holiest days in the Christian tradition. It is Easter. Easter, as many of us know is the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We like the Mary and Martha approached the tomb this morning expecting to find Christ laying there, still dead and wrapped in cloth. However, the tomb … Continue reading Our Eyes Are Opened

Receiving What Has Been Given

Sometimes I wonder if it would change our perspective on things if we knew what would happen. Would we still be as enthusiastic as we might have been? No matter the result would I still be willing to put in the effort? Would I still do everything in my power to try and make sure … Continue reading Receiving What Has Been Given

Eucharisteō

Luke 17:11-19 “Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, God Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.” As we prepare to come to the table of the sacrament … Continue reading Eucharisteō

Scandal of Grace

When I was growing up there was something special about each and every time I took Communion. I could never explain it fully, but every time I went to the table and received the bread and juice I…just felt something. Never sure how to explain it I always would call it a mystery. The feeling … Continue reading Scandal of Grace