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As you all know, before I became your pastor, I worked for an organization called Back Bay Mission. One of the things that we did was rehabilitate houses for low-income families. Sometimes, those were houses that had been through a flood or a fire. Sometimes, those were houses that had just fallen into disrepair. When a family needed help to stay in their home, we stepped in. I didn’t work with the construction team. I didn’t rehab the houses. I raised the money so that the team could afford to rehab the houses. But one of the things that…
Sunday sermon preview: We think and pray and discern. We hear God’s call for our lives. We set our feet on the path and we set our eyes on God. And then life happens. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
I believe that we have established that I am a nerd. I watch Doctor Who. I see Marvel movies and Star Wars movies pretty close to opening night. I play Dungeons & Dragons. My credentials as a nerd are well-established. So it might not surprise you to know that a while ago, I did something very nerdy. I went through our Sunday-morning attendance records and made a spreadsheet… for every Sunday service… since January 5, 1997. Because I wanted to see the trends. So I can tell you that on the third Sunday of February in 2003 there were…
Sunday sermon preview: Things will get bad. Things will get terrible. Things will hit rock bottom. Things will get to the lowest of the lows… and then the world will be transformed. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
Sunday sermon preview: This is a God who has held us and fed us and who longs for us when we stray.  This is a God who will never, ever let us go. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
Someone once told me about this pastor. Now, I heard this second hand, so I don’t know exactly where she was, or exactly who she was speaking to, or exactly what the context for what she said was. But someone once told me that this pastor was preaching a sermon. And she said, “If you’re going to pray for rain, you better have an umbrella with you.” And I take that to mean something like this: If we are going to pray to God—if we are going to ask the creator of the universe for something, if we are…
This is a reprint of my column from the November 2019 Carillon Notes. Read the whole newsletter here. It probably won’t surprise you to learn that I think about giving a lot. And it probably won’t surprise you to learn that Mariah and I think very carefully about our own giving. We are intentional about how much we give and who we give that money to. When we figure out our budget, we ask two important questions. First, how much of our money do we want to give away? We have plenty of things that we have to spend…
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 November 20, 2019. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
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 is fetch, which she likes to play with a stuffed squeaky slipper. And, sometimes, when you’re throwing a stuffed squeaky slipper around the house and there’s a Peruvian nativity set on an end table… the slipper hits the nativity set and a llama falls…
Sunday sermon preview: Sometimes, things fall apart. Sometimes, things get broken. Sometimes, that’s okay. Facebook Twitter Buffer…