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Clash of Civilizations?

So this sermon is swimming around in some of the same waters as last week. The real theme of the letter, or at least this part of it, is trusting in the power of God to move towards unity. I'm thinking about that in the context of the sometimes outrageous remarks we hear concerning refugees. There are a lot of Christians out there on the campaign trail, but I'm not hearing a lot of trust in God. I don't mean to be self-righteous on that, (well, sometimes I really just can't resist), because I am … [Read More...]

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Confronting ISIS (or whatever the hell it’s called).

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The Paralyzed Church

We really do have GOSPEL to share. I wish we'd share it.I'll be off next week. When I get going at this, I'll see if I can't get some guest preachers to jump in. … [Read More...]

Ephesians V: We’re Blessed? What’s With That?

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Ephesians IV: Dismantling the False Self

Grace and peace,Rev. Samuel G.  … [Read More...]

Peaceful Passages, by Janet Wehr, RN

I started reading Peaceful Passages the day Governor Jerry Brown signed California’s Assisted Suicide bill into law. The context is important, at least it has been to me. I should start by saying that … [Read More...]

Ephesians III: What Do I Mean by “In Christ Jesus?”

Among other things, the sermon delves into the question, "What does the cross and resurrection have to do with evolutionary theory?" … [Read More...]

Saying the Bible is Just Plain Wrong

Yesterday I posted a sermon, Seeking a Life of Meaning, and was delighted to receive a serious comment. I say delighted because the tone opened a respectful dialogue rather than some comments I’ve r … [Read More...]

Ephesians Video II: Seeking a Life of Meaning

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Ephesians Video I: Invitation to a Sermon Series on Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians

I miss the pulpit, so I decided to do something about it. I will be preaching brief sermons on Monday mornings for at least as long as it takes for me to preach through Paul's Letter to the Ephesians. … [Read More...]

He Resigned the Very Next Day

John Boehner resigned the very next day. Pope Francis, surely one of the most sympathetic figures on the face of the globe today, came to visit America. He spoke to Congress saying, “Your own r … [Read More...]

Are The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Possible? Yep

I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that Jesus was right. I’m going to assume that when he envisioned the “Kingdom of God,” a reign where the merciful obtain mercy, where the meek, that is th … [Read More...]

Bobblehead Pope Francis

There it was. Someone had told me about it, but to see it right there in front of me as I raced through Philadelphia International Airport well, the desire to buy it overwhelmed me. I am now the proud … [Read More...]

Dad’s Not So Afraid Anymore

My father is coming up on 99 years of age. When he was born we thought there was only one galaxy. Can you imagine how much bigger creation has become? No . . . that’s the point. It’s becomes biggeer th … [Read More...]