A broadside of the Declaration of Independence, like the one read in Exeter. (Copyright, Library of Congress)

Remember those “What I Learned on my Summer Vacation” essays from school? Think of this post as one of those. A little over two weeks ago I finished my pastorate in Vermont and moved to Exeter, New Hampshire, where I will be starting a new pastorate a week from today. Last week we found that […]

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Note: This is the final sermon I delivered as pastor of West Dover Congregational Church. Philippians 1:3-7 I thank my God every time I remember you, 4 constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, 5 because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. […]

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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, […]