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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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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David was the least likely choice to be anointed by God for faithful servant leadership, but out of the muck God selects servants who lead us like God does. A tale of one sermon in two places. Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he […]

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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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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 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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Is poverty something to be fixed, or something meant for healing through faith-filled communities? Another generation grew up after [Joshua’s], who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel. ~ Judges 2:10 A lot of people of all ages struggle to make ends meet. Our government counts some as being […]

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