Category Archives: ministry

A Heart, and “Da Noirve”

The two boys were a bit different from the other parishioners, even from the other kids in the church. One was 15, the other was 17. They were both in a band. There were both on the cutting edge of … Continue reading

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If I Only Had a Brain

Third in a series of sermons on the Wizard of Oz. This week we are looking at the Scarecrow, and the need to be thinking Christians.   I was a young Christian, trying to figure things out, and I was … Continue reading

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Leaving Kansas

TEXTS: Isaiah 6:-1-8, Matthew 5:1-11 Dorothy and Kansas In the late 1990s Alaska Airlines ran an ad that showed a beautiful scene in Alaska, tagged with the words, “When you’ve seen Alaska the rest of the country looks like Kansas.” … Continue reading

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Presbyterians and Politics Part Deux

06-16 Back in the 2000s, during the presidency of George W. Bush, I saw a bumper sticker that said, “I never thought I would miss Nixon.” A few weeks ago I saw one that said, “I never thought I would … Continue reading

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Calmed, Healed, Sent

  Just seeing it on the shelf at the library unleashed a flood of memories. The Next Whole Earth Catalog. It threw me 44 years into the past, when I bought The Last Whole Earth Catalog on a whim from … Continue reading

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The Healing Place

This is a bit different sermon for me. It has a very open-ended conclusion, if it even has a conclusion. Basically I want to know how we can help each other encounter the healing power of God. (Text at the … Continue reading

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All You Need to Do

What does it mean to be a good Christian? If you asked me what it takes to be a good baseball player, a good writer, or  a good musician, I could come up with an answer that most people would … Continue reading

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