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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The circuit rider Jesse Lee was an apostle for Methodism across a young America. His humble and bold faith offers many lessons for today’s church. Watch, therefore, and pray; for you do not know when the time will come. ~ Mark 13:33 On June 17th, 1789, a man knocked at the door of a house […]

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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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