Month: October 2019

Sometimes Things Get Broken (Sermon for October 27, 2019)

Years ago, my mom gave Mariah a Peruvian nativity set. You can tell that it’s Peruvian because of how the figures are dressed, and because one of them is playing a flute, and because there are llamas. And we set it up. And because we’re lazy about Christmas decorations, it stayed up. Hildegard’s favorite game

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Sometimes You Just Gotta… (Sermon for October 20, 2019)

Way back last December, on the first Sunday of Advent, I gave a sermon about hope. I’m sure you remember it. In that sermon, I quoted a line from Ghostbusters. It was just a little throwaway reference. It was just a little Easter Egg. I said, “dogs and cats… living together… mass hysteria!” And when

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Immigrants (Sermon for October 13, 2019)

There’s a beautiful song by an artist named Gwyneth Glyn. It’s in another language, but the title, in English, is Home. She sings about the things people have said about home… …and all of the places she’s been all around the world… …and how her home is her haven and her homeland her world… …and

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Complicated (Sermon for October 6, 2019)

It was all supposed to be so simple. On my first or second Sunday here, I said to you that I had a plan. It was one of those plans that you read about in books about how to be a good pastor. I was going to call around and make appointments; I was going

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Love and Particularity

This is a reprint of my column from the October 2019 Carillon Notes. Read the whole newsletter here. There’s a video on YouTube where musician Jacob Collier explains the concept of harmony (the way that different notes go together) at five different levels. He explains it to a child, a teenager, a college music student,

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October Carillon Notes

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 October 22, 2019.

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