Our church’s recent tag sale revealed faith lessons for Christian discipleship from the way that it was organized to the way we cleaned up. Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” ~ John 6:1-14 The tag sale had been on our calendar for a while, and we […]

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Preaching on a day that has a strong personal meaning can be a challenge. But the tools of faith help us to “get out of ourselves” to God’s message. “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is […]

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A yoke holds animals together to do useful work. Getting yoked to studies and ministries at divinity school is like that – good work for a good purpose. “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is […]

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Before the Fall Orientation (BTFO) at Yale Divinity School is a time to consider where we’re going through God’s grace as much as it is to celebrate having arrived. His winnowing-fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing-floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn […]

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Perfect love is hard to find, but God invites us to experience Christian perfection – being passionately in love with God and the world together. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. ~ Ephesians 4:32 The outdoor thermometer in my car read 97 degrees on a […]

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Is poverty something to be fixed, or something meant for healing through faith-filled communities? Another generation grew up after [Joshua’s], who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel. ~ Judges 2:10 A lot of people of all ages struggle to make ends meet. Our government counts some as being […]

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Church growth is about more than filling a building with people – it’s developing the many assets that faith reveals in a community. Jesus said to them, ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’ – Matthew 14:16 I serve as a Seminarian Associate for a church that is preparing to buy land for […]

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The U.S. elections this year feature lots of commentators with lots of opinions about who is right for America. Which “prophets” should we listen to? God knows. [The prophet Elijah said,] “Therefore have all Israel assemble for me at Mount Carmel, with the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of […]

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Violence against innocent people seems to be everywhere. It can seem like an epidemic of madness, at times – but what is our own role in the “violence flu?” [Jesus] had said been saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” ~ Mark 5:8 (NASB) As I sat down at my desk this morning, […]

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Belief in Jesus Christ is hard for many people to find – even for those who go to church!  There are a few simple things that can help people to encounter the living God found in Jesus Christ. “If Christianity is untrue, then no honest man will want to believe it, however helpful it might be; […]

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