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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A yoke holds animals together to do useful work. Getting yoked to studies and ministries at divinity school is like that – good work for a good purpose. “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is […]

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Before the Fall Orientation (BTFO) at Yale Divinity School is a time to consider where we’re going through God’s grace as much as it is to celebrate having arrived. His winnowing-fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing-floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn […]

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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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The Trinity is one God, showing love to the world and to eternity in three persons: Creator, Redeemer, and Transformer. This joyous song captures that love. We had a joyful worship at First United Methodist Church, Middletown on Sunday, which we capped off with a song called “The Trinity Dance” (words for the song below). […]

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Setbacks hurt. But sunsets come before sunrises, and trust in God can help us to prepare for them. Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise. – Maya Angelou Returning to school to pursue ordained ministries at my age, on a very limited income, is […]

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Where’s the fruit? When we feel overwhelmed, we can forget how to give generously, joyfully, and peacefully – but faith can restore us to fruitfulness. Though the fig tree does not blossom, and no fruit is on the vines; though the produce of the olive fails and the fields yield no food…yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I […]

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