What Do We Do Now

Rev. J.C. Austin I had a plan for Pentecost. It was sometime not long after we had shifted the church’s life and ministry to digital-only, which was in mid-March; I’m pretty sure it started taking shape around the time that the stay-at-home order began here in Pennsylvania, which was April 1. But somewhere in there, […]

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The Grammar of Grace

In the midst of all the insanity that is on social media, especially right now, there are some fun little diversions there to enjoy in between the never-ending series of Zoom calls. Many of you won’t be surprised to know that I’ve gravitated towards the ones related to music. There’s been a renewal of an […]

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Loving Freedom

This is going to come as a shock to you… but I don’t get the whole haircut thing. My social media feeds are full of people lamenting their inability to get a haircut or a hair coloring, or posting pictures of their attempts to cut their own hair or a family member’s hair with…varying…success while […]

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Living and Loving in God Mode

For me, one of the things that has been a gift in the midst of everything that is bad about quarantine life is much more time with my son Liam. That’s because both of us are working at home now: in the morning he settles in for school in the living room while I work […]

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Unbound Grief

Two months ago, if you had told me that one of the hardest grocery items to find in a global pandemic would be yeast, I would have laughed at you. Milk and bread and eggs, sure. I probably wouldn’t have foreseen toilet paper, but it doesn’t surprise me under the circumstances. But yeast? Look, I’ve […]

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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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