Month: August 2019

Sunday sermon preview: “We have everything we need to start an orphanage. We have an orphan.” Facebook Twitter Buffer…
I am incredibly lucky. There’s a quote from the writer and theologian Frederick Buechner: “The place where God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger coincide.” It’s a quote that I heard a lot in seminary and continuing ed. Someone would bring it up almost any time that we started talking about being called by God. God is calling you to the place where your passions line up with the world’s needs. And I firmly believe that God is calling everyone to something. God is calling me… and you. God is…
Sunday sermon preview: Paul worked so that he could serve. He received so that he could give. He got stuff so that he could share. He lived out a little piece of the Kingdom of God. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
A few years ago, when I worked for Back Bay Mission, we got a new executive director. She wasn’t a member of the United Church of Christ, and I needed to introduce her to the denomination and to a whole bunch of people. So I took her to Cleveland. I took her to the annual meeting of the United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Services Ministries. And I took her to the national offices of the United Church of Christ. I introduced her to the people who work for the Council and to people who work…
Sunday sermon preview: I learned how to do that little by little. One terrifying step at a time. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
Sunday sermon preview: To live in fear is to belie a trust in the One who gifted us with life. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
Many of you know that I’m an amateur musician. I play clarinet and tenor saxophone. And while my clarinet is reserved for things like summer band, I actually practice my saxophone. It sits on a stand in my office at home. Sometimes, I can pick it up and work for an hour or so. Sometimes, I can pick it up for fifteen minutes or so. But I practice. And if you’ve ever played a musical instrument, or if you’ve ever played a sport, or if you’ve ever been an artist, or, really, if you’ve ever done something where you…
This is a reprint of my column from the August 2019 Carillon Notes. Read the whole newsletter here. In June, Mariah and I had the pleasure of attending the United Church of Christ’s General Synod in Milwaukee. General Synod is when people from across the denomination come together to worship, celebrate, learn, elect denominational officers, and pass resolutions that speak to important issues. This was my first General Synod where I didn’t have to stand at a booth in the exhibit hall for most of the time. I had the pleasure of seeing friends, watching plenaries, worshipping, and, maybe…
Sunday sermon preview: All of the old things were new once. People complained about them, then, too. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
A new issue of the Carillon Notes is available! Check is out here! And a reminder that the due date for the next Carillon Notes is August 22, 2019. Facebook Twitter Buffer…

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