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Regard for Suffering

“We must learn to regard people less in light of what they do or omit to do, and move in light of what they suffer.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
This quote reminds me everyday of Christ’s compassion and consideration for all parties, which is why it hangs where I must see it.

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Stewardship of Loving Relationships

You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Mark 12:31b Red hearts, roses and chocolates are everywhere, so it must be February – the month of love! There’s certainly nothing wrong with celebrating romance between you and a special someone, or love among family members, or best friends who are always there for one another. But…

For Being Good

New Day Sermon advent 1 With a story by Cynthia Rylant entitled “For Being Good”, as the foundation of the sermon, we explore our relationships and how Jesus always invites us to strive for greater depth and connection with those we love.

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Pentecost 19 Preview

People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God…

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Not Your Grandma’s Church

Nancy and I spent the past weekend with our son Justin and his wife Megan at their home in Frederick.  Come Sunday morning, Justin and I decided to try and surprise our former vicar Matthew Beers at one of the churches he serves in Thurmont, Maryland.  We drove up for the 8AM service and were…

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Lent 3 Preview

You shall have no other gods before me. –Exodus 20:3 At first glance when one looks at the 10 commandments, one may see a lot of “no” and “do nots.” It may sometimes leave us wondering what it is we can do. However, once we get past the “thou shall not,” we can see that…

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Are We Sometimes Like the Tenants in the Vineyard?

TRADITIONAL SERMON       PENTECOST 18 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord, Jesus Christ (1 Colossians 1:3). The parable in our gospel reading Matthew today is also found in Mark and Luke. The parable is known either as the Parable of the Vineyard or the Parable…

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God Has Faith in You

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL EASTER 6 What is faith?  I knew faith when I was very little.  Faith was what my mother felt toward me.  I knew her faith in me, I lived in the joy of her faith.  My faith was a response to hers; it was not separate from that of my mother.  Father carried…