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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Christian Buzzwords Series: Passion
Growing up as a student of drama, musicals, and show choir, I was often told to have “passion.” Directors of various kinds urged me to wear this passion on my [...]
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An Elaboration
I want to flesh out some of the things I said in my sermon on June 16th. But first… Wow. I am still overwhelmed by the generosity, warm embrace, happiness, [...]
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DON’T MISS CANDIDATE SUNDAY
Sometimes it feels like the trajectory of a lifetime can pivot in one short day. Surely such a day is upon Benjamin Geeding this Sunday. Such a day is also [...]
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FAITHFUL FRIENDS ARE A STURDY SHELTER
You’ve heard me recall this more than once. As a conference closed in Chicago, Mother Theresa prepared to return to Calcutta. The new friends she had made spoke out with [...]
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A Comment on The Mass Murder at the New Zealand Mosque
Like you, I found the massacre of 50 innocent Muslim worshippers at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Center in Christchurch, New Zealand, horrifying. It is another example of [...]
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A PASTORAL LETTER
Circulating pastoral letters among churches is as old as Peter and Paul, Titus and Philemon. I saw one a month ago from the President of the United Church of Christ, [...]
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A Snapshot of a Church: True Story
Brian looked like a Harley Davidson enthusiast meets pro-wrestler. He was nearly seven feet tall, weighed over three hundred pounds, usually wore all black with a chain connecting his belt [...]
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A CULTURE OF HOSPITALITY, Part II
What would it mean if we valued first NOT our own comfort, ease and standing at First Congregational? But if we focused more on the visitor or guest who won-ders [...]
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WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE HYMNS?
As spirits sag this dank time of year, am I the only one who indulges in “hymn therapy?” It’s a great way to treat what ails you. Hymn tunes and [...]
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