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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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Unqualified (Sermon for September 22, 2019)

Years ago, before we were married, Mariah and I went to visit Mariah’s parents for some holiday or another. And Mariah’s aunt and her cousin were also there. One day, Mariah and I were in the living room playing Jenga. And Mariah’s cousin wanted to play, too, so we invited her into the game. And,

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Blessings (Sermon for September 22, 2019)

One of the best parts of being your pastor is the time with young worshippers right before a baptism. Those are the times when I get to stand in front of the chancel with our young people and bless the water that we will use to claim someone as our own, our privilege and our

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Unashamed (Sermon for September 8, 2019)

In the beginning, God planted a garden. That’s not a scientific statement, it’s a theological one. It’s not about the material origins of the cosmos. It’s about the relationship between God and the world. And I understand that it might seem like a delicate distinction, but it’s an important one. And if you want to

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