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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…
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 and the mold destroyed the rest. Tirado was eight months pregnant at the time and all she wanted was a place to sit down, so she started calling around to churches and charities, asking if she could get a chair. So she gets a…
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. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
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 swore in its very first Muslim woman legislator. Her name is Movita Johnson-Harrell. Right before she was sworn in—as in, minutes before she was sworn in—another legislator delivered the session’s opening prayer. It was two minutes long. And I know that doesn’t sound like…
When I was in seminary, I spent a few months as a student chaplain at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in downtown Chicago. Along with the other student chaplains, I took classes at the hospital and covered on-calls.  During the week, during the day, there were real professional chaplains at the hospital. People who knew what they were doing. One night a week, there was only me. Just before my very first night, a pregnant woman had come into labor and delivery. She had a stillbirth. And after she spent some time with a real professional chaplain, she left alone. Her…

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