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Three Days

One week into recovery from open heart surgery and I am celebrating a New Year. It is a new year when I actually do get to turn 50, after all. And in just two days, I get to celebrate my … Continue reading

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Bound Together in Christ

John 17:1-23 As our United Methodist General Conference is convening, I find myself thinking a lot about unity and our oneness in Christ.  I’ve spent a lot of time with Jesus in the last week, letting his prayer that we … Continue reading

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How the World Changes

As the horror of Friday night unfolded in Paris, I felt a profound sorrow, a quiver under my feet as the earth shook once again under such heinous violence.  I had flashbacks to 9/11 and to the terrifying moments of … Continue reading

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Living with Gratitude for Those Who Have Gone Before

All Saints Day 2015 John 11:38-44 “Nnn–yello” That’s how my friend Julie’s mom used to always answer the phone.  “Hi, Tom, how are you?” she would ask, honestly, openly, truly interested, really wanting to know.  After several minutes of warm-up … Continue reading

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Come and See

John 1:29-42 My friend Gary Moon tells a story of going to a country baseball game in Georgia one Saturday afternoon and watching a high school J-V matchup between cross-county rivals. Now, you may have a favorite pro team, but … Continue reading

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Gifts for the Christ Child

Matthew 2:1-12 A few years ago, my wife, Elizabeth, received a Christmas card from a family friend that hung on our refrigerator for all the years that our children were young. It said, “After the wise men left, the Holy … Continue reading

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A Letter to Baby Jesus

When Alistair announced that he no longer believed in “the Santa hoax,” we were left breathless.  After all these years of hastily written Santa letters left on the coffee table expectantly, we didn’t know what to do on Christmas Eve … Continue reading

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Turning from Violence toward Peace

Luke 23:32-38, Jn 20:16 Our hearts ache yet again in the wake of a violent tragedy. This time in Boston. In a cruel and wicked plot to evoke terror and fear, two brothers laid multiple pressure cooker style bombs around … Continue reading

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Turn it off, please.

Turn it off, please. Friends, on this day when the media coverage of the manhunt in Boston is at its most frenetic, turn it off, please. I don’t mean check out, be uninterested or disengaged, just turn it off. You … Continue reading

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Praying in the Midst of Distractions

Luke 4:1-13 A couple of weeks ago I was working on the fresh translation of 1 Corinthians 13. I was deeply into the Greek, comparing other translations and trying to find my own way to capture the meaning I saw … Continue reading

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