OUR Campus Ministry

I can hear Carol Ghere upstairs on this Friday morning, preparing the meal that will feed around 100 college students at the Friday Noon Lunch at the Wesley foundation—so on this day, my perspective is one of appreciation for our church’s on...

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Peter’s House

Have I mentioned that my boyhood calling (something that may never let go of me) was to become an archaeologist?  My preaching focus on Capernaum, and the early call of the disciples has got me thinking about one of my favorite archaeological...

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Time for Growth

March is usually characterized for us by vacations, freakish weather, and basketball tournaments. Will it also be characterized for us by lent? Lent is a season when, guided by Jesus’ example of forty days in the wilderness, we adopt a spiritual...

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Remembering our Baptism

This past Sunday we had the ritual of remembrance of baptism. As one who was baptized as an infant, this is always an important way to start the year for me, and I’m so glad I, too was able to have water flung on my face (by poor little Carolyn...

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Consultation

This week I go to meet with the District Superintendent in our annual consultation. We talk about all the ways I believe I’ve been effective and ineffective in conjunction with a similar form the staff-parish relations committee has filled out...

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All on One Branch

(Dear reader—as I have a lot on my plate, or as this article calls it, a “lot on one branch,” I’m going to recycle one of my newsletter articles from a few years ago I really enjoyed writing [and several of you mentioned to me you really enjoyed...

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In the Dark Streets

A couple years ago, when I took Julianna to Boston to see my little sister graduate with a Master’s Degree in Historical Preservation from Boston University, we all enjoyed a visit to the Auburn Hills Cemetery, (you know you’re in a ministry and...

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O Taste and See

Over the past couple days, I’ve been thinking about communion and what it means to us. We offered it in worship this past Sunday, and will do so again at the “Longest Night” service on 12/21 at 9pm and at the Christmas Eve Service on 12/24 at...

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First Fruits and Yahweh-Yireh

Yenom. Looks a lot like “venom.” And if you put the word backwards, you spell what many people think is “poison” for a pastor to talk about-especially in the midst of a spend-binge like many participate in during this month when we celebrate the...

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