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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 Real Kingdom of Heaven

As I stand up here to preach a sermon on Christian Unity I reflect on the manner in which I feel unqualified in this context today to preach on unity. My mind fills with thoughts of how a Caucasian man preaching in an African American church has little ground to preach about what it truly … Continue reading The Real Kingdom of Heaven

Redemptive Forgiveness

In 1948 the country of South Africa was plunged into an oppressive time known as Apartheid. During this time the ruling, white, class oppressed the people of other races all across the country. Plunging most of the South African society into a racially segregated society that allowed white people to thrive and punished people of … Continue reading Redemptive Forgiveness

Living with the Spirit

Today we work ourselves back in the creed to the part we skipped over last week. I want to begin by saying that when I skipped over the section on the Spirit last week it is not because the Spirit is unimportant in our faith, rather I saw an opportunity to connect God’s word to … Continue reading Living with the Spirit

Community Together Forever

I spent the better part of 8 years fighting my call to ministry. It wasn’t necessarily an outward fight that people would have seen, and most people may not have even known it was going on. However, in all that I went through, in my ups and downs of high school and college, there was … Continue reading Community Together Forever

Jesus Our Lord

Today we continue on in our sermon series on the Apostles Creed and we dive into the second section. And when I say section I mean that whole second part of the creed that talks about Jesus. Now I could preach a whole sermon series just on this one part of the creed. However, I … Continue reading Jesus Our Lord

Behind God’s Name

Today we are beginning a new series on “what we believe.” And we are using for our resource the original belief statement of our faith, The Apostles Creed. The Apostles Creed is #881 in your hymnal and as I just mentioned it is the original statement of faith in the church. The Apostles Creed was believed to … Continue reading Behind God’s Name