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For the past few months I have been wondering about what James KA Smith wonders about in his book Imagining the Kingdom.  Charles Taylor in The Secular Age has similar wonderings, (or wanderings!) as does Hunter in To Change the World, and Lose in Preaching at the Crossroads.  The wondering is this:  What does it mean to believe […]

Notes on the 116th Psalm

Here are some notes on the Psalm that will the sermon text for Sunday, Jan 17, 2016 I.  I believed; therefore I said, “I am greatly afflicted.”  Psalm 116:10. Not our typical response.  More often we will hear someone say, “I am greatly afflicted… (sad, ill, depressed, worried, victimized, oppressed, hurt, wounded, angry)” Therefore I […]

Christmas Message

There is a painting by Gari Melchers entitled The Nativity.  Joseph is seated leaning forward.  His large carpenter hands are folded together.  His elbows are resting on his thighs.  He looks down with tired eyes at the baby in front of him.  Now, finally, all things are still. Mary is next to Joseph, sitting on […]