• The Story Of Us

    Posted on November 13, 2014 by in Uncategorized

                        Dear Church, A few years ago, we were dying.  We were small, we were losing money every month and we rarely saw new faces in our sanctuary.  Even worse, the country was entering into the greatest recession since the great depression, we had an inexperienced […]

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  • Not A Souffle, Not An Orchid: What to Think When The World Falls Apart

    Posted on October 8, 2014 by in Uncategorized

    Some days, it seems almost immoral to be happy.  September marked another anniversary of the 911 terrorist attacks—and the world could barely stop to remember the 3000 who died that day, so overwhelmed were we by the violence in Israel-Palestine, in Syria, in Iraq, in Pakistan and on the streets of our own cities.  Images […]

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  • God of Wild Ginger

    Posted on September 17, 2014 by in Uncategorized

    So, the monkey is hungry and while I am writing something new, I thought I’d share this which I wrote about 18 months ago…because I needed to remember it this morning and it’s a great practical reminder of why we need to do this. I will lift up mine eyes to the hills from whence […]

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  • An Elegy for Michael Brown

    Posted on August 18, 2014 by in Uncategorized

    An Elegy for Michael Brown– I shouldn’t know your name. And now there are so many people telling me who you were Voices sorrynotsorry to tell me you’d robbed a convenience store Stolen a box of cigars (they were very expensive cigars) And other voices, shaking with rage telling me that you were a good […]

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  • In these days…

    Posted on July 24, 2014 by in Uncategorized

    In these days when airplanes fall out of the skies, and everyone blames their enemy… In these days when children and civilians are classified as unavoidable regrettable collateral damage—of American drones, of Israeli missiles, of Syrian chemical weapons, of Palestinian missiles, of suicide bombers, of stand-your-ground laws and police brutality… In these days when prisoners […]

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  • Pedestals Aren’t For Prophets

    Posted on July 17, 2014 by in Uncategorized

    We’re spending this season in worship with the prophet Elisha.  Last Sunday, we watched him take up his mentor Elijah’s mantle and move from apprentice to practitioner.  The great thing about scripture is that there’s so much of it, so much more than we can cover in worship.  Which means that this Sunday we’ll be […]

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  • The Hairy Mantle

    Posted on July 15, 2014 by in Uncategorized

    The prophet Elijah is celebrated as the greatest prophet who ever lived.  He worked miraculous deeds of power—raising the dead, blighting the land, multiplying bread and oil.  He ruthlessly confronted evil—cursing kings, slaughtering false prophets, destroying idols and avenging injustice.  And, in his weakest moment, he beheld the glory of the Lord.  In his own […]

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  • Why Didn’t Peter Hate Paul?

    Posted on July 9, 2014 by in Uncategorized

    Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how much Peter should have hated Paul.  Think about it—Peter was an uneducated, country fisherman who wasn’t even qualified enough to become a local rabbi, & Paul was a highly privileged, highly educated anything-but-humble Pharisee.  During Jesus’ earthly ministry, Peter left home, family & profession behind to follow […]

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  • Feeding The Monkey

    Posted on July 2, 2014 by in Uncategorized

    The fall of my junior year in college, I spent a semester in Scotland at the University of Aberdeen.  My time overseas included 3 weeks of travel over the Christmas holidays.  Before I left, my parents’ closest friends—Kim & Virginia Snell—came to the house to wish me good-bye.   And they brought me a present—a beautiful […]

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