Sometimes you find topics for sermons: often, the topics find you. A couple of weeks ago, the topic of transgender sexuality came knocking at my door, and I had to answer it. Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. ~ Matthew 5:48  Sadly, the child of a good friend of mine committed suicide recently; […]

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communion table at marquand chapel, yale divinity school

The Beatitudes from Jesus’ sermon on the mount have inspired countless people through the ages. But they are more than just inspiring words – they are a roadmap to a fulfilling life in faith. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ~ Matthew 5:3 I am back to classes […]

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Christmas in a manger

Do you really understand what I went through that first Christmas two thousand years ago – and why it matters to you today? But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. ~ Luke 2:19 Yes, you people from two thousand years after my son’s birth, that first Christmas day was something […]

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the king of kings, the crown of a manger

Jesus was born naked, vulnerable, and yet crowned with the power of heaven and earth.. Are we ready to have Jesus crown us with faith this Christmas? “To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will […]

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a milestone along the way

My accomplishments this year towards ordination definitely compromised my humility at critical times. Like the warrior Naaman, I get to keep coming to God to wash away my pride. But [Naaman’s] servants approached and said to him, “Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, […]

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How do you offer a healing prayer in a divided and wounded community? I got a first-hand experience this week at Yale Divinity School’s Marquand Chapel. Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw […]

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youths grieving after election loss

For some people, elections bring joy or relief; for others, they bring grief and loss. A strong faith in Christ’s promises helped me to offer pastoring as grief counseling in the aftermath of the election. When the sabbath was over…they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away […]

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discipleship lessons from a tag sale

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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Post-9/11 generations are hungry for faith; without it, they are defenceless – and without a church that offers it to them, so are we. 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 lost until he […]

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preaching 9/11

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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