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Christmas Eve Homily

This is my homily for Christmas Eve. The New York Times published the year in pictures the other day. Scanning through them I saw several photos of the presidential election. There were pictures of cities destroyed by violence and war … Continue reading

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We Need Theologians

As I reflect upon all the political commentary I’ve read on our election as well as the Brexit debacle, we are inundated with political, economic, and sociological perspectives.  Missing is the theological. I know that preachers once occupied a prominent … Continue reading

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Works in Progress

I preached this sermon on Sunday, November 29, the First Sunday of Advent.  I used Luke 21:25-36 as my text. Luke’s words sound ominous. “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth … Continue reading

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2013 Christmas Eve Homily

This was my Christmas Eve homily for the second service.  I didn’t preach it for the first service, which was the Children’s Christmas pageant, although I served as vocal soloist for that one. Christmas Eve December 24, 2013 Pittsfield, MA … Continue reading

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A Reflection on the Boston Bombing

I actually wrote an earlier sermon prior to capturing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, but woke up on Saturday nagged that the earlier sermon wouldn’t resonate as well.  So, I started writing all over again on Saturday.  This is the one I preached. … Continue reading

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Thoughts about the Cross

Maundy Thursday March 28, 2013 Pittsfield, MA How do you hold two very contradictory concepts or ideas in your head at the same time?  More specifically, can extreme cruelty exist simultaneously with extreme love?  Does one prevail over the other? … Continue reading

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Black Friday – It’s so not the Gospel

Black Friday. Good Friday. Jesus died on the latter. In a sense Jesus died on the former as well. We know that Good Friday was Jesus’ execution date.  Caesar’s world executed him because he posed a threat to Pax Romana.  … Continue reading

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A Christmas Homily That Won’t Preach

What signals a war’s end?  We probably will never see again a formal surrender ritual, like the picture of General Umezu signing papers before General MacArthur on the USS Missouri to close World War II. Our military left Iraq with … Continue reading

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Ministry: Don’t Get Boxed In

This academic year I’ll be a field supervisor for a seminarian at Boston University’s School of Theology.  The course, contextual education, requires its field supervisors be approved by the theological school.  The school has a course for first-time supervisors like … Continue reading

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Reflecting upon Sept. 11 – Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

Sunday marks ten years since the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.  I spent a lot of time last week designing and writing the interfaith service we will have here in Pittsfield.  This gave me an opportunity … Continue reading

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