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21 Dec Finding Joy in the Hard…

I have a confession to make, and this is a risky thing for a preacher to say out loud:  Advent may well be my least favorite church season to preach.  Ironically, I love Advent from a personal/family/worship standpoint, but preaching the story of Mary, Joseph...

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15 Dec A Little Angelic Activity

  Let mutual love continue.   Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, For in so doing, some have entertained angels unaware. Hebrews 13:1-2 What comes to mind when you hear the word “angel”?  For some people, thoughts of chubby, sweet-faced cherubs immediately pop up.  For others, their images...

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30 Nov In Each Heart a Bethlehem

I woke up on Monday in a near-total panic. The voice in my head was screeching at triple-fortissimo, “Oh my heavens, it’s December and I have no idea what I’m preaching on Sunday, much less what my theme for Advent is.” [Editor’s note: some people...

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21 Nov Gratitude: Astounded by Wonder

Happy Thanksgiving!   Gratitude is a deeply spiritual discipline, one that people of faith all around the world are encouraged to practice regularly.  But I am still glad we have a special day devoted to gratitude in the United States.  Yes, it is also a day...

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17 Nov Lifting Our Hearts to Join Your Prayers

Another week, another shooting.  More lives shattered by violence.  Another community stunned by the reality that it doesn’t just happen “to somebody else.”  To the countless prayers that have been offered, I invite us to take a moment now to pray yet again. Merciful God, we...

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08 Nov More Than Thoughts & Prayers

As many people have noted this week, only 35 days elapsed between the mass shooting in Las Vegas and the events of this past Sunday in Sutherland Springs, Texas.  Once again our lives have been abruptly, horribly disrupted by an incident of gun violence that...

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02 Nov Sabbath Gifts from the Sea

I recently spent a week at the beach.  It was my first time to ever be at the beach in late autumn, and I had no idea what I was missing.  The weather was perfect, and the beach was deserted.  There was virtually no traffic,...

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18 Oct SQUIRREL!

I hate squirrels.  Really, really hate them.  Not all squirrels, mind you.  Just the ones that like to hang out on my deck, dig up my recently planted bulbs, and tear up my beautifully potted, not inexpensive perennials.  These squirrels, the ones that think they...

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