One Creed to Unite Us All

This has been, to say the least, a very difficult week. COVID continues to run rampant in our country with daily cases, hospitalizations, and deaths as high or higher than they’ve ever been. We’re averaging 3500 deaths, the equivalent of a 9/11 attack or more per day now. Then Wednesday we witnessed armed insurrectionists attempt …

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Longest Night Redux

I know, I know. The Winter Solstice was two weeks ago. But with the near-future of our country up for grabs in the Georgia Senate runoff election today and the Electoral College vote count tomorrow, this night feels awfully similar to December 21st. So I thought experiencing our Longest Night service again might help me. …

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Incarnation v. Empire

Happy New Year! I must admit that Sunday feels like a lot longer ago than 5 days. (Or is it 6 days ago? Depends on how you count it I suppose.) And Christmas Day really feels like a lot more than a week ago, even though we are still in the midst of the (in)famous …

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Happy Christmas 2020

Merry Christmas! The closest thing I have to a tradition on this blog is this Christmas day offering. Each Christmas I post the Isaiah passage below (which is a reading for Christmas Eve worship every year); John Lennon's "Happy Christmas (War is Over)," which I find the world's best and most challenging Christmas song; and …

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The Joy of The Child

Merry Christmas Eve! Most years this one of my biggest work days with multiple worship services to co-preside and a sermon to offer. This year, due to the pandemic, we recorded our indoor Christmas Eve service a couple days ago and we are only gathering outside for a brief time of reading scripture and praying …

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Finding Home

This time I got in my Hamilton reference at the very beginning: "The Advent season draws to a close. Does that mean Christmas is here and we are finally free from waiting?! Not. Yet." Ok, so it's a bit oblique, but sometimes that's just the way the reference needs to go, ya know? Talking some …

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Give Thanks, Lose Sleep

Yeah, ok, I'm not entirely sure what I mean by that title either. Maybe, if you take in my sermon from Sunday, you can help me figure it out? See, "what had happened was"...with our office schedule greatly reduced due to Thanksgiving week, I had to choose my sermon title four days earlier than normal. …

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Right Time, Right Place, Right Woman

What are the stories that stay with us? Great stories that are compelling and rich? That question opens my most recent sermon. A sermon influenced by Jesus' parable on talents from Matthew's gospel -- but a sermon responding much more to the book of Esther (we couldn't read the whole thing so joined here with …

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Unity?

Pundits and politicians insist we on the left need to reach out to Trump voters and try to understand them. For example, Rick "gay marriage will destroy the American family" Santorum waited all of seven nanoseconds after the election was called for Biden to declare that it is incumbent upon Democrats to change in order …

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This is The Way

Yes, I love "The Mandalorian" but that's not what this is about. Sorry. I was blown away yesterday when I heard Congresswoman-elect Cori Bush's acceptance speech. It is beautiful, powerful, direct, scintillating, and inspiring. I think this will end up being -- like Obama's 2004 Convention speech or Obama's 2008 speech on race or JFK …

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