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June 25th, 2018

In all this I win, because Christ empowers me.

Philippians 4:10-23

 

A friendship letter

This morning we have heard “Paul in Chains,” listening to Paul’s letter to the Philippians as if Paul himself were speaking to us. Rev. Duffy Roberts, who portrayed Paul, has been a friend to Linda and me for about a decade, and I loved reconnecting with him over dinner last night. One of the insights I’ve gained about myself in recent years is how strongly I attach to people. When I meet someone and hear their story, I want to stay connected and watch that story play out. It’s one of the frustrations of being a pastor in a large and growing congregation. I would love to continue and deepen the conversation with each person and family, but I can’t. Read more »

June 18th, 2018

Worry is being pulled apart.  God puts you back together when you pray.

Philippians 4:2-9

 

What I know

I know something about you that I’m getting ready to tell everyone, and it might feel a little uncomfortable to be exposed like this in a crowd. You had hoped to come to church and keep it hidden under your smile and “Hey, y’all!” but I know about it. Read more »

June 11th, 2018

One

What’s your “one”?

Philippians 3:12-4:1

 

Singular passion

The subject of my sermon introduction won’t surprise most of you. Linda and I have just returned from Hawaii. Hawaii’s a beautiful place and, from a distance anyway, a scary place right now when you see videos of the lava flow. There were many experiences of travel and food and weather and culture and reading and projects and sleep (or lack thereof) connected to this trip. Of all the subjects I could begin with, my focus is only one:  our grandson Arlo, now almost six months old. Read more »

May 20th, 2018

Travel Joy

Confirmation Sunday

Philippians 2:12-18

Joy Ahead

Tomorrow morning Linda and I will leave home at about 6:00, and we won’t arrive at our son’s home in Hawai’i until about 18 hours later. That includes about 2 hours in cars, 12 hours in airplanes, and 4 hours in airports. It’s not my favorite way to spend a day. But on the other end of the journey, we’ll enjoy our roles as Mimi and Pops to our first grandchild, Arlo, now five months old. We can’t wait. The destination will be worth the journey. Read more »

May 14th, 2018

Gospel Brain

A church is totally immobilized if it loses its unity. 

Philippians 2:1-11

 

Mommy brain

It’s Mother’s Day, so moms, let’s talk about your brain. You may have heard the phrase “Mommy brain” or the recently coined word, “Momnesia,” both of which come across as negative, as in, “A sleep-deprived mom can’t think straight.” Recent neurological studies have confirmed that pregnancy and breastfeeding literally alter a woman’s brain.[1]

A woman’s brain actually loses gray matter when she carries and nurses a child.  You may think that means she’s less intelligent than she was before the pregnancy, but the opposite is true. Read more »