Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury England
I’ve been frustrated by the conversation following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida this week. National leaders offer thoughts and prayers, irritating others like Neil deGrasse Tyson who tweeted that thoughts and prayers do not stop bullets. Some advocate for gun legislation, while others say that no regulation will not […]

Building cathedrals: Our gun control debate

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“I guess real religion is about knowing we’re not perfect, but trying to be better… together!” Kimmy Schmidt The above definition of church might not pass muster in a seminary class, but it’s not bad, especially coming from one of my favorite Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  In episode 9 […]

Church defined by Kimmy Schmidt

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this. (Galatians 5:22-23 CEB) There is a lot of hand wringing in part of the Christian community right now. With a new president who doesn’t seem to […]

What’s a Christian to do now? Love

Text: Ephesians 2:11-22 Series: Ephesians: Imagining a New World – Part 2 Audio: Here When we were first married, Diane and I attended her family reunion at one of the state parks in New Jersey. People brought their barbecue grills, coolers of watermelon and drinks, musical instruments, Frisbees, and had […]

You Belong Here: Sermon Text

Many church leaders function as if the primary purpose of the church is to grow the church. I seriously question that. I received notification from my denomination (The United Methodist Church) this week that our congregation is supposed to set measurable goals for 2012 in 5 areas of discipleship – […]

The numbers don’t tell the story

Church is supposed to be holy and solemn. Right? As a reflection of the kingdom of God our worship is supposed to be perfect. Isn’t it? In our culture of slickness our worship gatherings are supposed to go off without a glitch. Aren’t they? While I believe that should be […]

Mistakes in church