Five Words with My Mind

First Corinthians 14:1-2, 6, 12, 18-19 (NRSV) I begin with a story. “Once several members of a Hasidic congregation had become hopelessly lost in a dense forest. They were delighted when unexpectedly they came upon their rabbi who was also wandering through the woods....

In Living Memory

Joshua 4:1-7 (NRSV) Most everybody remembers the story of the parting of the Red Sea. Moses led the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt. The Pharaoh’s Army was hot on their trail and the sea lay before them as an impassable barrier. But then Moses lifted up his staff...

In the World, But Not Of the World

First Peter 3:13-18 (NRSV) Before I came to Manchester, I served a church on the coast of Maine for fourteen years. When I first moved there, I quickly learned that my congregation in Camden was made up of two different kinds of people. There were Mainers, and there...

Church Council Update

And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy...

Response to Planet of the Humans

“And now, O Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in you.” —Psalm 39:7 (NRSV) Dear Friends, I’ve heard from several of you now, asking if I have seen and what I think of the new movie Planet of the Humans. Directed by Jeff Gibbs and produced by Michael Moore, it is...