Keeping church buildings closed is not a Constitutional Infringement

Keeping church buildings closed is not a Constitutional Infringement.  Not even close.  Here’s how I know. The Federal Government and the government of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (where our church is located and who’s jurisdiction we fall under) aren’t trying to stop worship.  In fact, many government officials have...
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Jesus, Ahmaud, race, and grace

(This is the sermon I preached on Sunday, May 17, 2020.  The sermon was in response to the Gospel reading – John 14:15-21.  You can find the full service at this link – https://youtu.be/rxrf0IjSViI) I have never worried about going on a run.  Ever.  I’ve run 11 marathons and...
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Prayer for May 14, 2020

Prayer for May 14, 2020: Please pray with me.  God of love, you are love.  Not the mushy gushy kind of love that we prefer.  Rather, you are the love that endures, that bears all things.  You are a love that exists through a force of will.  You are...
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1 Corinthians 13 is more than just a nice wedding Scripture

You’ve probably heard 1 Corinthians 13 if you’ve ever been to a wedding. “If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all...
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Prayer for May 13, 2020

Prayer for May 13, 2020: Please pray with me.  God of creation, you made humanity in your image and likeness.  Yet, why do we try to reject this?  Why do we reject your Sabbath?  Why do we trade in our identity as your creation in for something else?  Why...
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Who do I need to be?

Who do I need to be in the midst of this pandemic? Like most things right now, the answer is this – I don’t know.  There’s answers I could give.  There are answers I should probably give.  There are expected answers. But I wonder – are they the right...
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When God shows up

When God shows up, things change.  I know that everyone knows that intellectually.  But I’m not sure how much we really grasp the idea.  Do we think that this is still true and applicable today? The very essence of Christianity is that everything changes.  That’s what happens when God...
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Prayer for May 12, 2020

Prayer for May 12, 2020: Please pray with me.  God of all things, you show up and everything changes.  It has to.  How could everything stay the same when you enter any situation.  Not changing would mean that you aren’t that important.  Open our eyes and hearts.  Open us...
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