Category Archives: Christianity and Culture

#thechurchtoo – A Sermon in Response to #metoo

Sermon preached on October 23, 2017 at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church of Millersville. You can find a video version of the sermon here, or a podcast here. Karen, my wife, helped with editing and ideas. In Galatians, as Paul describes … 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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Religion in My Public School

(Occasionally I post draft excerpts  from Too Smart for God, the book I’m slowly writing about my journey from Christianity to atheism/agnosticism and back. Here’s an early chapter. Comments and suggestions for revision are welcome!) In Seventh Grade one period … Continue reading

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On the Pre-Inauguration Sermon

I just read the sermon preached at the new president’s church service this morning. Its hagiography left me confused as to who was being worshiped (“You ended up garnering the most votes of any Republican in history.”/ “I don’t believe … 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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