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This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday in the church. It’s the Sunday when churches everywhere are filled with the color red, symbolizing the Holy Spirit, and we celebrate a story from the church’s earliest days. On Pentecost we remember how the Holy Spirit came to the early disciples like a “mighty wind” and rested on them […]

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Acts 1:6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 1:7 He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 1:8 But you will receive power when the […]

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To my mourners: Sometimes the dying are the first to know. While others believe you are invincible, you quietly go around collecting pamphlets from hospice and making final arrangements. But sometimes, more rarely, the dying are the last to know. While they feel alive and vital, others are picking out their headstone. Lately I’m feeling […]

Signing the pastoral contract after the congregational vote.

Over the past few weeks I have shared this news elsewhere, but now that the news has been shared with my current congregation, I want to share this here for those of you who follow my blog. On Sunday, May 4th, I was called as the new senior pastor of the Congregational Church in Exeter, […]

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (copyright, US Holocaust Museum)

Acts 7:55-60 7:55 But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 7:56 “Look,” he said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” 7:57 But they covered their ears, […]

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You can listen here, or read below: http://revheath.podomatic.com/entry/2014-05-11T18_25_02-07_00 Scripture: Psalm 23 and John 10 If you ask people to tell you their favorite Scriptures, or even just list a few Scriptures they know, there’s one that always seems to come up: Psalm 23. You likely know the words: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not […]

The Congregational Church in Exeter, NH

I’ve been behind on posting sermons for the last couple of months as I’ve been preparing to move. But, here’s one from Sunday, May 5th, when we explored the Emmaus text. It also happened to be the sermon I preached before the vote to call me as the new pastor of The Congregational Church in […]