This Is My Prayer

This weekend we observe the founding of our great nation in a July 4th celebration like no other in recent memory. No fireworks, no running of the Peachtree Road Race, no parades or baseball games, no large gatherings of family and friends. Many of these ways in which...

A Cup of Water

“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me…Whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones…none of these will lose their reward.” It was Mother’s Day 1961. A few months...

Family Values, Bible Style

“Do not think I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, and one’s foes will be...

Love Going Forth

The pattern is the same every year. We celebrate Easter and God’s victory over death in the resurrection of Jesus, the son of God. Then 50 days later we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples at Pentecost. And then the next Sunday, before we launch...

In the Company of Women

This week one of the principle feasts of the Church passed by, for the most part unnoticed and unobserved. The Feast of the Ascension comes each year 40 days after Easter, always on a Thursday, a day that most of us are not concerned with activities or feasts of the...

The Hope That Is In Us

“Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting of the hope that is in you.” That verse from the First Letter of Peter leapt out at me this week.  I have to admit that hope is not something I’ve given a lot of thought to lately. Even...

For the Common Good

“All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.” I have been preaching for a little more than a quarter-century now, and in all those years I have never...

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