The Spiritual Practice of Counting to Five

James 1:17-27 For the past week or so I’ve struggling with getting organized for the fall—you know, working out details of upcoming programs, advertising, writing newsletter snippets, scheduling meetings, and the such. And it’s been a little challenging and hard at times. My brain is lagging in creativity and alls...

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Forget Your Perfect Offering

Ephesians 6:10-20 Alright, full disclosure. This is not the sermon I would have had myself preaching two weeks ago. After seeing something to work on in this scripture reading back in June—likely the bit about praying all the time—I might have tried to make a case for the reading. Two...

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Humility, Patience, Gentleness, Love, Peace

Ephesians 4:1-16 As a preacher, you learn over time what your comfort zones are—what scripture you are drawn to, what themes stick out for you, what theological concepts and arguments come naturally to you. The United Church generally follows what is called the Lectionary—a schedule of scripture readings that cycle...

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