Two weeks of spring break – what does a seminarian do? Catch up on sleep, prayer, reflection, paper research, and mission work. In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. ~ Mark 1:35 Spring break – it is a time […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Elisha, the devoted disciple of Elijah, could have settled for just everyday protection from God. Do we settle for just what gets us by in faith? Or are we willing to ask for more? When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha […]

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Are you a prophetic presence for God? You may not feel it, but God’s still, small voice in you is calling you to learn more about what needs to be shouted. “In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where…I felt my heart strangely warmed.” ~ John Wesley, 1738 I’ve […]

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