Month: July 2019

The Rules (Sermon for July 28, 2019)

Linda Tirado is an author and a journalist. And she told this story to some people at NPR: In 2008, Linda and her husband moved to Cincinnati. They didn’t have much money, so they got a cheap basement apartment. And then a summer storm came through and the flooding ruined a lot of their stuff

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Sunday Sermon Preview for July 28, 2019

Sunday sermon preview: Every Christian is a representative of the one who called us. We are all the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. And a lot of that lifelong endeavor that we call faith formation is trying to figure out what on earth that means.

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Short. Sweet. Simple. (Sermon for July 21, 2019)

I am a writer and a preacher, so I know a simple truth: words have power. Words can lift us up and tear us down. Words can impart wisdom and spread ignorance. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words… words have almost unimaginable power. A few months ago, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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God’s Away on Business (Sermon for July 14, 2019)

When I was in seminary, I spent a few months as a student chaplain at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in downtown Chicago. Along with the other student chaplains, I took classes at the hospital and covered on-calls.  During the week, during the day, there were real professional chaplains at the hospital. People who knew what they

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A Terrible Prophet (Sermon for July 7, 2019)

The church is a hospital for sinners, not a country club for saints. And even pastors like me struggle to love as we ought to. If you’ve listened to my sermons, you know that I have some issues with how our country has been treating people who come to this country seeking asylum. And you

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