Water of Life

It is certainly one of the most profoundly beautiful things I am privileged to do as a clergy person: baptizing children. As a sacrament, it is an ‘outward and visible sign of an inward and visible grace.’ But, I was awoken early this Sunday...

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Return to Sender

I belong to a generation somewhat obsessed with identity.  Despite our best efforts to let the world know exactly how uniquely special we are, sometimes our very connectedness leads to finding that we really aren’t that unique after all.  My own...

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University Church Network

As I have alluded in previous newsletters, the beginning of October holds a lot of excitement for me, because it will hold the beginning of a new ministry network that I have created with the help of our General Board of Higher Education and...

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A Clean Window

Sometimes when I am overwhelmed by circumstances at hand, I look to some of my “back catalogue” to share with you here—though I was chastened by my wife early in my second week of ministry here for “dialing one in” for the pastor’s perspective...

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The Value of a Frisbee

 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in...

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Season of Creation

For the second year, we are going to be working our way through the newly added “Season of Creation” to the Revised Common Lectionary. This season was created by a group of clergy and laity who felt the “season after Pentecost,” called “Ordinary...

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The Ocean of God

About 12 years ago, I had a vision of how we relate to God/the Ground of All Being in a sort of visual metaphor that encapsulated many different approaches. Basically it posited that God was the Ocean, and the way that we relate to that Ocean...

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