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Graduation: Expense or Investment?

Today I attended the graduation of eight men (plus one who was already released) who took a course offered by Berkshire Community College at the Berkshire County House of Corrections.  They learned about landscaping.  I was one of the instructors; … Continue reading

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Is There Good Soil?

This was my sermon from July 13, 2014. 5th Sunday after the Pentecost Dalton, MA July 13, 2014 Scripture: Genesis 25:19-34 and Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 Until an epiphany earlier this week, I had the image of this parable as four … Continue reading

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What If the Church said, “No!”

Last week our local interfaith council, Pittsfield Area Council of Congregations, met.  It was a grim meeting. We learned that one of our homeless shelters from last year will not be able to open this season.  Last year’s shelter was … Continue reading

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Can’t They Play Nice?

As I watched the developments to resolve the “fiscal cliff” unfold, I couldn’t help to think about a student who waits for the last minute to do his homework.  Actually, the student missed the deadline.  The teacher gave an extension. … Continue reading

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Doing a Penn State

Penn State’s punishment was harsh. One could argue and say it was too harsh if you hold college football in high regard. Others could say it was not harsh enough given the terrible silence for so many years and the … Continue reading

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You Mean to Tell Me that We Can’t Afford $2000?

Yesterday’s Berkshire Eagle reported that the Family Literacy Program, a program operating as a part of Pittsfield Public Schools, will close on June 14 because a state grant which funded much of the program will end.  The district’s Adult Learning … Continue reading

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The Fierce Urgency of Now

Because I preached about the magi on the first Sunday after Epiphany, I have been one-week off the Revised Common Lectionary. I’ll catch up next week, though. Yesterday was the actual birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  … Continue reading

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American Exceptionalism – There is a cost, you know

Last week Gov. Romney delivered a foreign policy speech at the Citadel.  He pushed aggressively for a muscular foreign policy.  At one point he said, “This century must be an American Century. In an American Century, America has the strongest … Continue reading

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If God Made Economic Policy

I can’t shake last week’s announcement that one in six people in this country live in poverty. Data show that poverty has risen. Let’s not overlook that the federal government defines poverty as a family of four living below $22,350 … Continue reading

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