Month: September 2018

Privilege (Sermon for September 30, 2018)

There are people in the world who believe that the Bible is boring. Some of them are taking a confirmation class right now; not at this church, of course, but somewhere. And to those people, I offer a counterpoint: the Book of Esther. For those of you who don’t remember this story, a summary: The

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Join Us for Cultural Humility: A Foundation for Extravagant Welcome!

Join First Congregational United Church of Christ for a workshop on cultural humility, the practice of approaching other people with an openness to learn and a willingness to reflect on your own assumptions, practices, and privilege! This workshop will be at First Congregational on October 3 at 6pm and presented by Dr. Chris Martin. Dr. Martin

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Naivety (Sermon for September 23, 2018)

There are very few people in the world who will defend Pollyanna. It’s one of the things that makes my wife unique. She gets righteously angry about a few things, and one of them is the flagrant misinterpretation of this beloved children’s classic. If you don’t know the novel, it follows an orphan named Pollyanna,

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Words (Sermon for September 16, 2018)

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O God, my rock and my redeemer. Now and forever. When I was young, I learned a saying. You know it, too. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. And I can

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Cool (Sermon for September 9, 2018)

Last weekend, there were two funerals. I don’t know how many of you saw Aretha Franklin’s funeral. I didn’t watch it live, but I watched some of the eulogies and musical tributes on YouTube after it was over. And while there were a couple of rough spots, it was a good service. The music honored

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Chewed Up Gum (Sermon for September 2, 2018)

“My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Look, there he stands behind our wall, gazing in the windows, looking through the lattice. My beloved speaks and says to me: ‘Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers

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