The following was originally preached as a sermon at the Congregational Church in Exeter on July 3, 2016. I’ve talked before about how much I love genealogy. I also really love American history, and for me researching my family tree … Continue reading Marching Orders: Where Citizenship Meets Discipleship
When I meet new people and they ask what I do for work, there are a few typical responses. The first is that people will tell me about their own faith. Those are good conversations. The second is just awkward … Continue reading Organic Fruit: Sermon for June 26, 2016
I couldn’t wait to get to college. As much as I loved my parents, like every college freshman I was eager to be on my own. And so we pulled up to the dorm as soon as it opened on … Continue reading Launch: Sermon for Ascension Sunday, 2016
When I lived in Atlanta, a lot of churches had bumper stickers that members would put on their cars as a form of advertising. Other Christians would just put another ubiquitous symbol, the Christian fish, on their bumper. Decorating your … Continue reading Better Than a Bumper Sticker: Sermon for April 24, 2016
In 2000 a political scientist named Robert Putnam published a book about the decline of social involvement in the United States called “Bowling Alone”. He wrote that now we “sign fewer petitions, belong to fewer organizations that meet, know our … Continue reading Why Church Matters: Sermon for January 24, 2016
The following was preached on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at the Congregational Church in Exeter. Mark 9:38-42 9:38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he … Continue reading Stumbling Blocks and Stepping Stones
The following was originally delivered as the sermon at the Congregational Church in Exeter on September 13, 2015. Where I lived when I was growing up, people would sometimes try to convert others to their own particular brand of Christianity. Sometimes … Continue reading But, What Do You Think?