A Command Performance

The Letter of James almost didn’t make it in the Bible. Only Revelation was more controversial as an inclusion in the Christian New Testament when the early Christians were assembling the New Testament. Many of the early Christian bishops felt it teetered on the edge of legalistic faith and what Protestants would eventually call “works […]

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A Clear Signal

Exhaustion is the new busy. Before the pandemic, “busy” had become the standard definition of most of our lives, so much so that people were regularly writing books and articles on the culture and cult of busyness pervading U.S. society. The standard reply to the polite greeting, “How are you?” had become, “Ugh, I’m so […]

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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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Family Feud

Based on Isaiah 5:1-7 and Luke 12:49-57 All of us have been given the gift of our five senses: touch, taste, hearing, sight and smell. We also are gifted with the sensing organs that are associated with each of these five senses and it is these organs that send information to the brain to help […]

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What’s Love Got to Do With It

When our children were young Brad and I would volunteer at the Center City Homeless Shelter. From time to time we would take the two younger ones with us, as their older siblings had something else to do. We would arrive at 6 p.m. on a Friday night and leave after breakfast on Saturday about […]

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The Well-Dressed Christian

One of the interesting things about serving this church is who recognizes me out on the street in Bethlehem. People at the contemporary worship service don’t have any trouble, because what I wear in that service is, more or less, what I wear in “normal life.” But people from the traditional service sometimes have a […]

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A Lingering Scent

A couple of years ago, my wife Tammy was out of town for the weekend, and I had been traveling a lot for my job in theological education at the time, so while she had gotten a lot of one-on-one time with our son Liam, I had not. So Liam and I were both looking […]

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Get Your Shine On

Are you a beach person or a mountain person? That’s one of the great divisions in our society today; perhaps not quite as bitter or deep a division as cat people vs. dog people, but real all the same. But I’m going to take a bold stand here today and declare that I think you […]

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For Good Measure

“What religion are you?” the driver asked. Even in the best of circumstances, that’s a pretty loaded question, and usually means something unpleasant is coming behind it. But this time, it was being asked of my wife, Tammy, by the driver of the bush taxi she was sitting next to as we sped along the […]

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The Downside of Love

Believe it or not, nobody is getting married this morning. I understand if you were confused, though. First Corinthians 13 is the classic, “go-to” Scripture lesson for weddings, even for people who otherwise have little or nothing to do with the Christian faith. Years ago I was meeting with a couple who was trying to […]

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