Psalm 23

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Psalm 23 came up in the Revised Common Lectionary cycle for church on Sunday, May 12. It’s a classic. Maybe the best-known of the Psalms. You may know this trick. Grab any Judeo-Christian Bible. Put your fingers in the middle of the pages in the book and open it. Chances are high, like...

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Activity

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So much energy going on in Madison right now! It feels like the whole place is just exploding. It’s to do with the weather certainly, but I would put the blame squarely on the Holy Spirit. It’s just what I do. Yesterday (Tuesday) was one of those spectacular New Jersey spring days!...

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Heaven or Hell?

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So I chuckle as I write that title out because this probably isn’t going in the direction you’re assuming. Not even close. Heaven? Or Hell? Presbyterians. One of the things we don’t do very well, and have never done very well, is talk about our spirituality. We always kinda...

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Resurrection

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Okay Christian person. Let me ask you a question that is enough to make your brain hurt. Easter was Sunday. The resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ. Now what? What do we do with the Post-Easter Jesus? That’s literally the age-old question we’ve been struggling with since the women...

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Beginning or End?

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Palm Sunday, I preached the longest sermon I’ve ever preached. We follow the 3-year lectionary cycle and Palm Sunday always has the most readings of the year. But this year, Luke’s version of The Passion is amazing! I couldn’t resist and I hope you don’t mind that I read...

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All About Love

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I was out on study leave last week for an “intensive” study toward my DMin (Doctor of Ministry) track in Public Theology at Drew University. It was very intense, hence the name. We met at Middle Collegiate Church in the City. Very cool East Village neighborhood with a lot of life...

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Halftime

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This is about the midway point. For Lent. 3 Sundays in, 3 Sundays to go before we’re into Holy Week and Easter Sunday.   This is as good a time as any for the halftime pep-talk. I’m sure this won’t surprise anybody. I was one of those kids who always had to have...

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Next Steps

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Wow! Lots of processing going on right now! Our session has met twice to hear and process the current state assessment gleaned from the recent congregational survey. We hear you. And you will hear from session! They are at this very moment processing a response and communication with you about...

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Countless Currents

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I get up early every day and the first thing I do is sit with God and my coffee.Every day. Without fail. Before anything else. I read The Bible following the Daily Lectionary. I read Richard Rohr. I read Oswald Chambers. I pray the Divine Hours with Phyllis Tickle. I pray for you. Our...

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And So It Goes...

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Way back in the day when we were just out of college, most local TV stations weren’t 24/7. The local NBC affiliate ran local news, Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and Late Night with David Letterman. After Letterman, they either signed off the air or played old TV reruns and then signed...

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