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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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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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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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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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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