Monthly Archives: May 2011

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NOM: Shame on Me … Not

My partner and I often play a game called, “So, what I hear you saying is …” In this game, we take a statement and turn it into something completely opposite of what the other person said. For instance, if my partner says, “I like

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Don’t Tell My Wife

A young preacher recently came upon a farmer working in his field. Being concerned about the farmer’s soul the preacher asked the man, “Are you laboring in the vineyard of the Lord my good man?” Not even looking at the preacher and continuing his work

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The Car and the Haircut

A minister’s son had just got his driving permit. He asked his father if they could discuss the use of the car. His father took him to his study and said to him, “I’ll make a deal with you. You bring your grades up, study

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To Divinity and Beyond! Freedom

Preached April 10, 2011 at Jubilee! Circle, Columbia, SC Readings: Ezekiel 37:1-14: “… can these bones live?” John 11:17-45: “Unbind him and let him go.” Romans 8:6-11: “… you are in the Spirit.” Hear this sermon at the Jubilee! Circle Web site. We begin tonight

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To Divinity and Beyond! Peace

Preached March 27, 2011 at Jubilee! Circle, Columbia, SC Readings: Psalm 122: “Peace be within you!” Matthew 4:1-11: “Away with you, Satan!” Hear this sermon at the Jubilee! Circle Web site. Tonight’s first song comes from the sixth album released by singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow. “Peace

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In Your Dreams! Impossible Dreams

Preached March 13, 2011 at Jubilee! Circle, Columbia, SC Readings: Genesis 12: 1-4: “I will bless you …” Matthew 5:38-48: “Love your enemies …” Hear this sermon at the Jubilee! Circle Web site. Singer Carrie Underwood won the fourth season of American Idol back in

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In Your Dreams! Nightmares

Preached February 27, 2011 at Jubilee! Circle, Columbia, SC Readings: Isaiah 49:8-16: “I will not forget you.” Matthew 6:24-34: “do not be anxious about your life …” Hear this sermon at the Jubilee! Circle Web site. Joseph Fidler Walsh was born in 1947 in Wichita,

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A New View on Tithing

In the winter of 2009, I had the world at what I felt was the palm of my hand. I was in my mid thirties, I was earning approximately 100K per year, I had two vehicles in the driveway and I was about to embark

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A Movement for Real Change We Can Believe In

There’s so much happening politically that looks like a war on democracy that I haven’t been able to focus on the status of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” since it was “ended,” or the progress, or lack thereof, of civil unions and marriage equality. I have

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The Bible is No Defense for Violence

John Joe Thomas, the 28-year-old man accused of “stoning” to death 70 year old Murray Seidman in Pennsylvania in March 2011, claims he was simply following the Bible’s directions to kill “homosexuals” after he said Seidman made a sexual advance toward him. As a pastor