Category Archives: Bible

For You Are With Me . . .

(I’m blogging on one of the six verses of the 23rd Psalm each day this week . . . you can start at the beginning with Verse One here.) Psalm 23:4: “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear … Continue reading

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“Look! Here Is Water” – A Sermon about God’s Inclusivity with a Surprise Ending

The pivotal moment in today’s Scripture story is when the Ethiopian Official says to Philip, “Look! Here is water! What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” That’s why Philip was there in the first place. But he … Continue reading

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Why Did I Almost Die? The Answer . . .

There’s a reason for everything, right? A little over two months ago, I woke up in the middle of the night with excruciating pain in my shoulder.  I couldn’t breathe without sitting up. Thanks to my wife, I went to … Continue reading

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“Family Dinner” – A Sermon for Maundy Thursday

Luke 22:1-27 There is something powerful about sharing a meal. According to surveys, more families are eating together. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse conducted a survey and found that almost 60% of families with children under 18 … Continue reading

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Unexpected Advent Reading: “The Stand”by Stephen King

When I began to reread Stephen King’s The Stand a couple of weeks ago, I didn’t realize it was perhaps the ideal book for this season of Advent. During Advent, our worship Scripture readings traditionally mix prophecies about the coming … Continue reading

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“What Do You Preach about at a Same-Gender Wedding?”

This past Saturday on a bright beautiful blue-sky fall afternoon next to the glistening Chesapeake Bay, I had the privilege of presiding at a same-gender wedding for the third time.  I hope someday to lose count.  I hope, as someone … Continue reading

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The Unexpected Pastor Goes to Camp

What does hope look like? For me last week it looked like 70-some young people, from 8 years old through high school age, singing crazy camp songs, laughing, learning, and listening to camp stories, swimming and zip-lining and sitting in … Continue reading

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