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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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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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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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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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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A rose that was saved from war helped the world to celebrate peace. Are we leaving peace behind as our gift to eternity in every moment? Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and […]

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Heart-stopping faith leaps may look like one-time miracles. Like a recent race car jumping stunt, though, deep faith takes rehearsal and teamwork. Christians call this discipleship. Peter answered [Jesus], “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking […]

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