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Month: August 2017

For some, this is church (part 2)

For me, the “church” has always been church. But there are other gatherings that function as “church” for them and their families. It was quite a while ago, but I […]

Paths of grace: Gratitude

(Transcription of Sunday, August 27, 2017 sermon.) So here we are talking about gratitude and it’s not even Thanksgiving! Maybe you think I’m pushing things a little too fast, but […]

Live from Palm Coast: Confirmation Class!

Because of the busyness, schedules and distances involved, I’ve got my weekly confirmation classes on Facebook live each week. The technology makes it very easy to do, and those who […]

Is anger a sin?

A couple of Sundays ago, my Church 101 membership class was challenged with the question, “Is anger a sin?” Along with that was the observation that Jesus was angry when […]

It’s time for confirmation classes!

It’s that time of year again. There must be some sort of internal alarm that goes off in the minds of parents who have children entering 7th grade. It’s not […]

Things I learned from my dad

Having spent more time with Dad these past few years has given me time to talk about the past with him, look at pictures of family, and remember the things […]

How big is my parish?

I’m often asked, “How big is your church?” That’s a harder question to answer than you realize. Are you asking how many members we have? Or how many come to […]

For some, this is church.

Right after our Vacation Bible School a couple of months ago, I had a revelation. Sorry, nothing supernatural, just some clarity about people and church and people who go to […]

Paths of grace: Love

(Sunday, August 20, 2017 sermon — 1 Corinthians 13:1-3) Even though the church tries to makes a lot of noise, it seems like no one is listening. We work hard […]

Eclipse

Everyone is pretty excited about the solar eclipse across the United States tomorrow. I really hope we get a chance to see it. Many of our Florida afternoons have been […]

Tough and tender

After working with people for so many years you would think I would have learned this a long time ago: beneath people’s tough exterior is a tender soul. I’ve too […]

Looking forward to annihilation?

I’m not quite old enough to remember the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. By the time I began school there were no more civil defense drills when you had to […]

When the pastor came to visit me

In 1979, I had just moved to New Jersey into my first apartment to begin my first job out of college at Bell Labs. After a few visits, I found […]