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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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    I smell a song . . .

    by  • September 4, 2018 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    I preached this week at United Churches of Durham, Connecticut, as a part of their Summer Preaching Series. My text was James 1:17-27. ____________________ When I read our passage from James this week, the first thing that came to mind for me was Broadway show tunes. Am I right? No? Well, let me explain....

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    lenten journal: soundtrack for the storm

    by  • March 6, 2018 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    Quinn, the storm, has been making its way across America and gets to the East Coast early tomorrow morning, which set me thinking about storm songs, mostly from a metaphorical sense. I couldn’t help but begin my soundtrack for the storm with Kris Kristofferson’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)”...

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    lenten journal: disaster

    by  • March 1, 2016 • Uncategorized • 8 Comments

    When we lived in Boston, we would often drive back to Charlestown down the Cambridge side of the Charles River, which meant we passed the Museum of Science. We were sitting at the traffic signal one afternoon and read this billboard: Come visit the new planetarium at the Museum of Science, you tiny insignificant...

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    lenten journal: tone

    by  • February 26, 2016 • Uncategorized • 5 Comments

    ⋅I have been working on a sermon for this coming Sunday. I get to preach at our church for the first time. My text is Matthew 5:21-43 that contains the story of Jesus’ healing of the woman who had hemorrhaged for twelve years, which is sandwiched between the account of Jairus coming to ask...

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    lenten journal: rewrite

    by  • February 12, 2016 • Uncategorized • 7 Comments

    Pick up any good book on writing and somewhere early in the description of the process the author will say you can’t write well if you are not reading good stuff. One article I read recently even quantified it: read a thousand pages for every one you write. I’m not sure I can live...

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    lenten journal: pie

    by  • March 14, 2015 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    I’m not a mathematician. I know enough to explain what pi is, but that’s about it. I didn’t even make it to the end of the book The Life of Pi. As I said yesterday, Pi Day is Pi(e) Day: an excuse to make and eat pie and invite people over to eat with...

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    lenten journal: light

    by  • March 8, 2015 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    Today was Youth and Children’s Sunday at our church, which meant the children were our worship leaders. One of them, who reads quite regularly in worship, stood up to lead us in our call to worship. Leader: We have seen the light of God People: on high mountains of celebration and in the laughter...

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