The beginnings of my service in Pastoral ministries have been an amazing journey – deeply humbing, joyful, and providing signs for the way ahead. When the entire nation had finished crossing over the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua…“Take twelve stones from here out of the middle of the Jordan… from the place where the […]

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In my farewell sermon as a Seminarian Associate, I reminded people that God’s church of Ishmaels is called to me more than almost-Christians. Fear not, for God has heeded the cry… ~ Genesis 21:17 It was a warm and heartfelt day of celebration and worship today at First United Methodist Church Middletown, my last Sunday […]

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So, now I will be a United Methodist Pastor. Just like that, I have been sent. Here’s how it happened. …which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. ~ Ephesians 2:8-10 It’s a beautiful, sunny and warm afternoon on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. Our 2017 Session of The United […]

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Good Friday challenges us to consider how to bring Jesus’ experience on the cross into our own lives – by going through the cross with Jesus. “It is finished.” ~ John 19:30 A few years ago, I was on a spiritual retreat, and found some time in the retreat center’s chapel to meditate on the […]

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In the push for church activism, are we focusing on how to image God’s process of loving and lasting changes in our own congregations and communities? There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ […]

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Is any one form of worship liturgy better for reaching God? The apostle Paul suggested that an open heart has the answer. Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith. ~ Romans 3:27 Today was my last midterm exam for the […]

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God gives us perfect mountaintop moments of faith through grace, not to stay on the mountain, but to be perfected for the valleys below. Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the […]

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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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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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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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