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Mark David Johnson
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pastor, preacher, pluralist
pastor, preacher, pluralist

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Right here and now - sermon for Advent 2B

Grace to you, and peace from God our Creator and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. We’ve nearly made it to the end of another year. Where 2017 went I’m not quite sure, and 2018 will be upon us in no time at all. I admit, I’ve already done most of my Christmas…
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God's creation is awesome (and so is #NewJersey)

If you tell anyone I said this, I’ll deny it – but New Jersey is pretty awesome. It took me three years of living here to be able to admit this, but there it is. New Jersey is awesome. I started writing this blog post a few days ago, while “down the…
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"Well, now what?" - a sermon for the Second Sunday of #Easter

“Well, now what?” I don’t title sermons, but if I had to, that’d be it today. “Well, now what?” Of course, Sundays have titles, at least off-the-record. You now, there’s “Good Shepherd Sunday” and “John the Baptist Sunday,” not to mention all those “Bread…
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"You're human. You’re made of dust. And you will live." -- homily for #AshWednesday

When I was on internship in Easton PA, I spent one afternoon a week in the Northampton County Department of Corrections. My supervisor and I mostly functioned as teachers. We would teach classes like “Intro to World Religions,” “How to Balance a…
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Introducing #AskAPastor - an irreverent reverend's discipline for #Lent

​We’ve all heard the expression “give something up for Lent.” This guilty pleasure is in our DNA as Christians: to abstain from fried foods, or Facebook, or some other unhealthy habit. Of course there’s the opposite approach where instead of giving up, we…
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"A dream, rich with promise" - sermon for September 18, 2016

Grace to you, and peace from God our Creator and the Lord Jesus Christ. Several months ago I did a sermon series on the book of Galatians, and a few weeks back we explored the book of Philemon. Today we have a reading from a different letter, so I just…
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How oft must Rachel weep? #StandwithOrlando #LGBT #LGBTQ

Days have passed since the horrific attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and I am still largely speechless. I’ve read a lot of articles and testimonies, and I echo the sentiments shared by many colleagues and friends. It’s not easy to write after…
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The #Church needs to be "re-membered"

I love being a pastor. There are some awesome perks – like leading God’s people in worship, having dinner at people’s homes, and being a visible advocate in the community. Although challenges abound, this is a vocation dedicated to loving and serving all…
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Celebration of New Ministry!

Celebration of New Ministry
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