"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, oh Lord."

Sermons

Led by the Spirit of God

"For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, 'Abba! Father!" it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we...

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Chain of Compassion

The original source of the quote is uncertain,  but the words have stayed with me since I first heard them in seminary many years ago. “A preacher,” the theologian said, “should have the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other.” Since I spent many years...

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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...

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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 earlier the U.S. Supreme Court...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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Presence in a Pandemic

Here we are in week six of what has become our new normal – the people of our community scattered across Atlanta, and really now scattered across the country – still coming together on Sunday morning to worship. And once again, as has been the case every week,...

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Behind Closed Doors

Well, this is our fifth Sunday of virtual church, livestreaming our service first from the sanctuary, and for three weeks now from our dining room. As we enter our sixth week of staying at home I wonder – how are you doing? Are you in a routine that feels fairly...

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