• two questions

    by  • August 15, 2017 • 5 Comments

    Though I preached this sermon only a couple of days ago, the events of the week have continued to unfold. Rather than try to update it, I will let it stand as its own little time capsule, even as I continue to figure out how to respond to what is happening around us. “Two...

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    a forgiving air

    by  • August 10, 2017 • 3 Comments

    I am a few days late posting my sermon from last Sunday, but here it is. “A Forgiving Air” Genesis 32: 3-12, 22-32 A Sermon for The United Churches of Durham, Connecticut August 6, 2017 To say their relationship was difficult would be an understatement. Jacob, the younger brother, had cheated Esau out of...

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    you’ve got to carry that weight . . .

    by  • July 5, 2017 • 3 Comments

    “You’ve Got to Carry That Weight” Matthew 10:37-42 A Sermon for First Church or Christ, Congregational East Haddam, Connecticut July 2, 2017 When it comes to the stories of our faith, there’s not a Sunday that goes by that we don’t start in the middle of something. Our passage for this morning is a...

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    no easy way out

    by  • June 28, 2017 • 7 Comments

    I’m taking a break from miracles this week and posting, instead, the manuscript of the sermon I preached Sunday at North Haven Congregational Church in North Haven Connecticut. I hope you find something here that speaks to you. “No Easy Way Out” Genesis 21:8-21, Matthew 10:24-39 We have sparrows in our barn. Behind our...

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    miracle monday: surely we are not blind . . .

    by  • June 20, 2017 • 6 Comments

    I know. It’s Tuesday. Suffice it to say there has been a lot going on. I’m still looking at sight and the way Jesus healed blind people. Bruce Corley was one of my New Testament professors in seminary. I loved his classes. He began our discussion of Jesus’ miracles by saying we should read...

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    miracle monday: doctor, my eyes . . .

    by  • June 12, 2017 • 8 Comments

    One of the things I keep coming back to as I read through the miracle stories of Jesus is how little we know beyond the moment of healing. We rarely know names or back stories. We are not told what things were like a week, or a year, or a lifetime later. What we...

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    miracle monday: more aware of the air

    by  • June 5, 2017 • 3 Comments

    Last Monday night, as I finished my post, I did what I have done every other week—looked over the list of Jesus’ miracles that I found on someone’s website and picked one for the following week so I could think about it. What caught my attention was now many blind people Jesus healed. Eight...

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    miracle monday: thanks a lot

    by  • May 29, 2017 • 3 Comments

    When I look back and try to remember the first time I heard certain Bible stories, I realize how many of them were told to me as if they were fables—stories with a point. There seemed to always be someone in the story to emulate and someone who showed what happened if you didn’t...

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    miracle monday: learning to read

    by  • May 22, 2017 • 3 Comments

    I didn’t write last week because I was listening. Ginger and I spent the week in San Antonio at the Festival of Homiletics, or Preacher Geek Camp, as Ginger likes to call it. The week was inspiring, challenging, and invigorating. I came back with both my mind and my heart feeling stretched. Before I...

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    miracle monday: pardon my interruption

    by  • May 8, 2017 • 6 Comments

    Mark 5:21-43; Luke 8:40-56; Matthew 9:18-26 From time to time, my father’s words come floating back to the surface unexpectedly. Each time I feel more grateful that it happened. This week, as I thought about the story of these two people who came separately to Jesus, but whose stories are intertwined, I could hear...

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    miracle monday: an unhistoric act

    by  • May 1, 2017 • 5 Comments

    I have had an interesting journey—actually, three—with this miracle over the past days. The first, I suppose, is the expected, or at least obvious, one: what exactly happened? Here’s a story told in all four gospels(Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:12-17, John 6:1-14), making it somewhat unusual for just that, and, though they offer...

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    miracle monday: all in the family

    by  • April 24, 2017 • 4 Comments

    John 2:1-12 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman,...

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