“Tradition is the living faith of the dead; traditionalism is the dead faith of the…
Homecoming Sunday pointed us forward into the new church year. With over 200 worshipers present, we felt the Spirit move in a way that gathered us back while also propelling [...]
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Welcome Home
This Sunday is Homecoming Sunday. Our Jazz Sunday will welcome Katherine and Kompanie, the jazz trio of Katherine Hedlund at the Bosendorfer piano, Nick Trautman on bass, and Willie Bruno [...]
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YES, HON, YOU COULD GROW UP TO BE A…
Of course, we utter words like above to our children about becoming a professor, a doctor, or a pilot. Why do we never say it about becoming a pastor? I [...]
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CLINGING TO THE ROCK OF OUR SALVATION
We’ve traveled many and various directions this summer seeking the rest, renewal and repose of vacation.  Has anyone recently visited New Mexico?  It is one of my favorite states, especially [...]
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WHITE SUPREMACY AND MASS KILLINGS
Our nation is in crisis. In the first 219 days of this year, we’ve had 255 mass killings. In the wake of the 9/11 international terrorism crisis, we didn’t say, [...]
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TRUTHINESS
As far back as the 1950s, tobacco companies knew full well that research had linked their products to diseases which sickened and killed their customers. What was the industry response?  [...]
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SUMMER SABBATH REST
When we hear the word Sabbath, it is not just about Sunday.  Sabbat(ical) is not just about what clergy or professors do for a few months after years of service.  [...]
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AFTERGLOW
When a church like ours entertains a Candidate Sunday, you never know how it will go. Perhaps that is why it so interesting and edgy.  A candidate comes, presents, lays [...]
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A LAST TRIBUTE TO FRED AND MARNY SMITH
The other shoe has finally fallen. Yesterday Fred and Marny moved to Easthampton, MA. I could only say so much about their illustrious lives before we sang our farewell hymn.  [...]
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DILEMMAS OF LIVING AND DYING FOR GOD
As I see Benjamin Geeding graduate from Yale Divinity School in May, I recall graduating there 40 years ago nearly to the day. I was filled with ideals and ready [...]
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