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    advent journal: do you hear what I hear?

    by  • December 3, 2018 • Uncategorized • 9 Comments

    I was born two weeks before Jesus. Since I had a December birthday, my mother worked hard to make sure it didn’t get lost in our Christmas celebration. She didn’t put up any decorations until December 13, the day after I was born. My father had some unexplained need for all of the decorations...

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    this is why we gather . . .

    by  • November 19, 2018 • community, hope, music, poetry • 4 Comments

    I preached at my church yesterday. The sermon is short because it was a New Member Sunday and we had twenty-two people join. Here’s what I said. _______________________________ There is a tradition in poetry of the “found poem,” which is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from...

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    this is us

    by  • November 5, 2018 • america, community, hope, music • 12 Comments

    I want to say something before the votes are counted. I want to say out loud that my hope is not defined by those who make the most noise or create the most confusion. I want to share the words of those who are speaking to my despair, who feed my hope, who remind...

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    lifelong learning

    by  • September 24, 2018 • america, change, justice, kindness, race, white privilege • 4 Comments

    I preached again this week at North Madison Congregational Church. The lectionary passages— Mark 9:33-37 and James 3:13-18—hit particularly close to home this week. Here is what I had to say. __________________________ As you may have gleaned from the personal information I have shared over our time together, though I have been ordained a...

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    power is not the point

    by  • September 18, 2018 • grief, love, sermon • 2 Comments

    I preached at North Madison Congregational Church again last Sunday. The text was Mark 8:27-38, a passage that offers new things any time I read it. Here is my sermon. __________________________ When the gospel writers began to put the stories down on parchment, many years after Jesus had ascended, they seem to have organized...

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