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Kids These Days (Sermon for August 4, 2019)

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,

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Invite Someone!

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,

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August 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 August 22, 2019.

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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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