Groans of Hope

“Let’s just take a cab.” That’s when I first suspected that my son was on his way. It was a Sunday evening in mid-March, a little more than fifteen years ago, and my wife Tammy and I were emerging from a theater where we had just seen a play. We were living in New York […]

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My Lord and My God!

It has been a tough few weeks for the disciples. They have been laying low for fear of Jesus being captured by the Jewish authorities. To  add to the stress, Jesus is preparing them for a time he would no longer be with them. When they gather on the night of his arrest, to have […]

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He is Not Here

Easter begins in the dark. That might seem like a silly thing to say; technically, all days begin in the dark. But it’s important to point out anyway because that’s not what we think of. For most of us, when we think about Easter it’s somewhere in the sunshine of a spring day. Maybe it’s […]

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Listening for the Stones

I realized after I had chosen the title for the sermon this week that it may not have been as clear a reference as I intended. I meant “Listening for the Stones” to refer to Jesus’ final statement in the Palm Sunday story you just heard. When the Pharisees are watching Jesus’ triumphal entry into […]

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Abide in Place

Every generation has its particular personality, shaped by its defining shared experiences, values, and opportunities, particularly in childhood and young adulthood. My own generation, known as Generation X, was born between the years of 1965 and 1980, and have generally been the overlooked generation sandwiched between the Baby Boomers and the Millenials, both of which […]

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Catching our Breath

“Breathe. Just breathe.” That’s one of the most popular pieces of advice right now. People are posting it in earnest words of encouragement on social media. Writers are constructing blogs and articles around it. The app stores for Apple and Google are doing special promotions of their self-care and wellness apps for your smartphone or […]

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Going the Distance

I saw a cartoon earlier this week that showed a person and their dog. The person, not the dog, was wearing one of those translucent plastic “cones of shame” around their neck that dogs sometimes have to wear so they don’t lick a wound that needs to heal. The dog is looking at the person, […]

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Blessed to be a Blessing

“You know what I’m sick of?” a friend asked me a few years ago as we sat down for coffee. Which is a rough way to start a conversation; nothing positive is going to come after a rhetorical question like that. And the answer could be almost anything: the political polarization in our society; those […]

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The Glow-Up God

In the world of social media, there are not just viral images or videos that are widely shared, but viral themes in which people participate. Last month, the big theme was the “#TenYearChallenge,” in which people celebrated the start of a new decade by posting photos of themselves from 2010 and 2020 side-by-side to show […]

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Action or Inaction

As  I thought about the scripture this morning I began to think of the hill in Galilee that is identified as the spot Jesus gave this discourse.  I visited there during a trip to Israel I made with Moravian Seminary.  I remember a guide explained that The Lake of Gennesaret is shaped like a bowl.  […]

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