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Lent whispers.
I closed my eyes as she dipped her finger in the ash and oil and, as I felt the shape of the cross being drawn on my forehead, I relaxed.  It’s the same feeling every year for me. I relax. For at least a moment or two, I relax. The temptation is to make Len...

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Lent whispers.
I closed my eyes as she dipped her finger in the ash and oil and, as I felt the shape of the cross being drawn on my forehead, I relaxed.  It’s the same feeling every year for me. I relax. For at least a moment or two, I relax. The temptation is to make Len...

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Tuesday Prayer for 12/27/16: What is done is done.
Dear God: The hope candle burned down, today. Peace will be next then joy then love. Eventually, even the white wax from the Christ candle will cool And the purple, white and pink will all be cold to the touch. The hope, peace, joy, love and Christ candles ...

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Tuesday Prayer for 12/27/16: What is done is done.
Dear God: The hope candle burned down, today. Peace will be next then joy then love. Eventually, even the white wax from the Christ candle will cool And the purple, white and pink will all be cold to the touch. The hope, peace, joy, love and Christ candles ...

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Sermon at Plymouth UCC 11/13/16
I can’t tell you how many times during the week someone asks me for legal advice. In just the last week, I was asked about a church’s potential liability for an injury that happened at church; the tax implications of renting out church property to a for pro...

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November Article for PNC News: Love and Struggle
Hi All: This column was written the week before last week's elections and can also be found among several good article in this month's Pacific Northwest Conference News . I hope you find it helpful. The audio and transcript of my first sermon after the elec...

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Pre-election Sermon at Dayton (WA) First Congregational Church 10/06/16
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5;13-17 2:1 As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we beg you, brothers and sisters, 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us, t...

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What if?: A Case for UCC Alignment
I’ve confessed to many of you before that I’m a church geek. No huge surprise for someone in my position, really, but the thing that might be a little more surprising is that it's also one of the things that keeps me involved in church or invested in this w...

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Sermon for 10/9/16: Borderlands
(NRSV) Luke 17:11 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, 13 they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 When h...

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Tuesday Prayer for 10/11/16: "Dear God..."
Inspired by Luke 18:1-8 Dear God: Ugh. Sometimes when I write a prayer, the “Dear God:” Emerges as a preparation for the prayer. It sets the space for all that comes next this common space you save between us where we meet. It may be full of struggle but it...
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