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Philippians 4:4-9 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will […]

Our children's Bible at the church.

Right before I started as your pastor this summer, we went down to Virginia to see my parents. And on the Sunday we were there my mom and I decided to worship at the local UCC church. The pastor that day was talking about the story of Noah’s Ark. And he was talking about how […]

"Adoration of the Golden Calf" - Herrad of Landsberg, 12th Century

Recently I heard a story about Ruby Bridges. In 1960 she was a six year old African-American girl in New Orleans who had the unenvious task of desegregating a formerly all-white elementary school. You may have seen pictures of her. A little girl walking into school surrounded by tall US Marshals. As she walked to […]

Copyright, believed to be Nadia Bolz Weber (please contact me if this is incorrect and I'll be glad to change it).

When I was a kid there were these books that I would often read called “Choose Your Own Adventure Books”. The idea was simple. You started reading and after a few pages there would be a question. And you were given two options, leading you to two different pages in the book. For instance, you […]

How it probably didn't happen...

Exodus 14:19-31 14:19 The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. 14:20 It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there […]

Calling of the Disciples, by He Qi

“So, now that we have LGBT equality in the progressive mainline church, what are we going to do now? What’s the next big thing?” I get asked that question from time to time. The tide seems to have turned in many ways when it comes to the inclusion of LGBT people in the church and […]

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Earlier this summer I was asked to contribute an essay to a new resource from the United Church of Christ’s publishing arm. Pastors Sound Off: Causes We Can’t Keep Quiet About is a volume of short essays from UCC pastors about social concerns. What is unique about this resource is that each of these essays is very […]