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A Different Kind of King

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My most recent article in the Bennington Banner, original link here: https://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/speaking-of-religion-a-different-kind-of-king,550408? I’ve never seen an episode of “Undercover Boss.” I feel like I should get that up front. Never seen…

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August 20, 2018

Praying Unceasingly

My latest from the Bennington Banner: https://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/praying-unceasingly,547344?It's the most wonderful time of the year!Well, no, not really. But it is pretty awesome. Because it's football season! I love football!Actually, ok,…
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July 16, 2018

A Special Kind of Hope

My latest article from the Bennington Banner: https://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/a-special-kind-of-hope,544741? Like many others, I spent much of the last three weeks in a mixture of hope and prayer for the Thai soccer…
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June 10, 2018

Belief Really Is Hard

Here is my latest submission to the Bennington Banner: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/belief-really-is-hard,541732 I've lived in Vermont long enough to receive spam calls. I really don't give out my home number; I don't…
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May 28, 2018

It’s always noon somewhere

Here is another article from the Bennington Banner. The original link is here: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/its-always-noon-somewhere,540543? Ever have one of those moments when, all at once, you get it? Something you've known…
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May 12, 2018

Keeping Sabbath

This is an article written for the Bennington Banner. Here is a link to the original article: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/keeping-sabbath,539423?.  The last time I sat down to write for the Banner I wrote…
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April 28, 2018

Dealing with Mud Season

This is an article that appeared in the Bennington Banner. Here’s a link to the Banner site: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/dealing-with-mud-season,538309? It’s been a long winter, a winter that felt like it was…
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April 17, 2018

Hating God?

I was hanging out the other evening, doing my usual thing, talking to people, getting to know people, building relationships. Well, that all sounds very church-plenty, and all of that…
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April 6, 2018

Finding Easter all year long

Whew! It’s done!For many of us, the season leading up to Easter Sunday is the busiest time of the year. And it’s also the one in which our faith is…
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March 18, 2018

Relentless Redemption

This is an article I wrote for the Bennington Banner. Here is a link to the Banner article: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/speaking-of-religion-relentless-redemption,534865? Is it Spring yet? Another storm, another snow day. Another several…
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February 27, 2018

God has a plan?

This is an article that I wrote for the “Speaking of Religion” column in the Bennington Banner. Here is a link to the Banner article: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/speaking-of-religion-god-has-a-plan,532926? It's happened again. Another day…
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January 29, 2018

It’s all about community

This is an article that I wrote for the “Speaking of Religion” column in the Bennington Banner. Here is a link to the Banner article: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/speaking-of-religion-its-all-about-community,530491?Like many of us, I…
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January 16, 2018

Yeah, I know, we’ve always done it this way…

(Link to photo credit in the footnotes.)Yesterday I went to Bennington’s Martin Luther King, Jr., event. A couple dozen people gathered at the four corners and sang protest songs by…
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January 11, 2018

All of Jerusalem? All of us?

This isn’t a journal entry, not a typical one. It’s more of a… reflection, I guess is the right word. We’ve been doing a Bible study at the South Street…
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December 18, 2017

Something missing this year…

This Christmas is incredibly strange for me.For the past ten years or more I’ve been a pastor during Christmas. Or at least an integral part of a church. When I…
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December 4, 2017

Church is… boring?

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November 28, 2017

Simplify? Simply frustrated!

I was in Limestone, Maine, this weekend.Yeah, I was surprised, too.But Lisa had the long weekend off, and Paul has been missing his friends, and we’ve been missing our friends,…
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November 12, 2017

Simplify? Really?

It’s been the mantra of modern spirituality as long as I’ve been involved in modern spirituality. All through my local pastor preparations, throughout seminary, now in the Provisional Leadership Academy,…
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October 27, 2017

Learning to love the word “no”

Not sure why this never really occurred to me before, but I was listening to a podcast about Christ calling the Disciples from a sermon series of Ginghamsburg Church, and…
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October 16, 2017

A beautiful moment

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October 8, 2017

Recalculating!

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1. The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), 2 Co 5:17–21.
2. The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), Ro 10:13.
3. The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), Ro 10:14–15.
4. The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), Ps 22:1–3.
5. The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), Ps 22:22–24.
6. King, Stephen. Skeleton Crew (p. 362). Scribner. Kindle Edition.
7. The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), 2 Co 5:17–21.
8. The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), Ro 10:13.
9. The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), Ro 10:14–15.
10. The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), Ps 22:1–3.
11. The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), Ps 22:22–24.
12. King, Stephen. Skeleton Crew (p. 362). Scribner. Kindle Edition.
13. Here’s a link to the Bennington Banner article for the event, and this is the photo credit as well: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/beloved-community-focus-of-mlk-event,529553
14. Luke 1:28-30, NRSV
15. Seriously, folks, no disrespect intended! It’s not you, it’s me.
16. liturgy: noun: ritual, worship, service, ceremony, rite, observance, celebration, sacrament; tradition, custom, practice, rubric; formal ordinance.
17. Acts 2:43–47 (NRSV)
18. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open-source_model
19. Luke 10
20. Luke 5:15–16 (NRSV)
21. Every time I think of this I think of the West Wing episode in season 4 called “Game On” in which Bartlet finally debated Ritchie, and CJ reminded us that we live in a complex world, and to live in it completely we have to live in the complexity.
22. Jeremiah 29:4–8 (NRSV)
23. Matthew 4:20
24. John 1:43-50
25. William Tyndale
26. ‘cause atonement theory is my fav!
27. Romans 8:38-39, NRSV
28. don’t get me wrong; this is fun, and I am and will continue to enjoy it, and I think it’ll be a success… but it is hard work!
29. Sermon #40, 1741, Christian Perfection
30. Excerpt From: Outler, Albert C. “John Wesley's Sermons: An Anthology.” iBooks.
31. Understanding that it would likely be in people other than me.
32. I wonder who might get offended if I started referring to grace as "the spackle of human holiness?" Perhaps that's a discussion for another time...