I love the United Church of Christ. I do. After growing up a “spiritual but not religious” “none” at the tail end of Generation X, I found my way into Christ’s church at the age of 17 and was baptized. … Continue reading On Throwing the Baby Jesus Out with the Bath Water
I’m often asked why there are so few women in the Bible. Sure, there are some. There’s Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene. There’s Eve, of Adam and Eve, and Martha who cleaned the kitchen while others surrounded Jesus. There’s Sarah and Abigail, Hannah and Elizabeth, and more. There are actually a fair number of women mentioned in the Bible, but the tricky thing is they are usually not at the foreground, and sometimes they don’t even have names. They are mentioned in passing, or as someone’s spouse, but rarely in their own right. And so when I … Continue reading “Your Silence Will Not Protect You” – A Sermon on Esther for October 11, 2015
A couple of weeks ago I received an email from Pastor Hatie Soyzayapi. Soyzayapi is the pastor of the church in Pfizda, Zimbabwe with whom we are in partnership. United Church of Christ churches from all over New Hampshire have … Continue reading That We May All Be One: World Communion Sunday, 2015
The following was preached as a sermon on September 6, 2015 at the Congregational Church in Exeter, NH. James 2:1-4, 14-17 My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For … Continue reading Faithful Work, Faithful Welcomes: Kim Davis, Aylan Kurdi, and all of us.
Note: This was originally preached as a sermon at The Congregational Church in Exeter on August 9, 2015. Every UCC pastor participates in the pension fund for our denomination. The idea is that years from now when we retire we’ll … Continue reading The Danger of Building Bigger Barns
Genesis 28:10-19 Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran. 11 He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his … Continue reading Surely God is in This Place: Sermon for July 12, 2015
When I was in middle school a new church came to my town. It built a huge building on the outskirts of the city. They had rock bands playing for all the services. And they had big video displays with … Continue reading Growing in Good Soil: A Sermon on Passionate Spirituality for May 3, 2015