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Holy Laughter

It was a homiletical hot mess.  I got a little too clever for my own good this past Sunday in my sermonizing.  If you were in traditional worship that morning, you already witnessed my brilliant idea of playing Hide-and-Seek in the middle of the sermon.  I had six cards with words on them that as…

Rejoice?

New Day Sermonadvent 3 Is it up to us to muster up hope and joy this holiday season? When circumstances make it difficult, joy, like faith can only be received from God. What we need to fill our spirits is available, yet not always accessible. Why?

Beginning at the End

It’s funny how beginnings and endings often coincide. For a new thing to begin, often an old thing must pass away. We start new jobs after leaving our old ones. The new year comes about as the old one ends. The month of December brings about many endings and beginnings. We look toward the coming…

Snowmen of Grace

I’m a little cranky.  I know, you can’t believe it, can you?  (Evidently, you don’t spend enough time with me away from church.)  On this particular day that I am referencing, I’m cranky because while I love to shovel snow, what I love about it is seeing the results of my labor. On this day…

Heaven on Earth

It was not heaven, but it felt pretty close to me.  I fell asleep in one room (Operating Room) and woke up in different place (Recovery Room).   I woke up pain free … I experienced a sense of excitement as I tried to process what was going on around me … and I felt like…

I’m Especially Fond of You

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL week of Epiphany 5 Papa: Mack, you may not know this, but I am especially fond of you. This brief dialogue is from the movie, The Shack.  It is part of a conversation between the movie’s main character, Mack … and God … who Mack calls Papa because it is the way his…

The Best Answer Ever

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL PEntecost 8 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. (Matt. 13:45-46) It was a simple Children’s Sermon at New Day.  The question was intended to elicit responses like “my…