Category Archives: from the pulpit

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Reclaiming John 3:16

A Sermon Preached at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Tucson, Arizona Perhaps you have heard the story about the bride and groom who ordered their wedding cake and requested a particular scripture verse written on the top with frosting. It was to be

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The Heart of Gratitude

Scripture readings: Psalms 100: “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know the Lord is God! It is he that made us and we are his; we are his people, and

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Beyond Belief: Light & Life to All Who Live

First UMC, Oneonta NY Scripture readings: “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” — Romans 8:18 “We know that in everything God works for good with those who love

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Being Fundamentalist

Scripture Readings Mark 2:23-3:6 II Cor. 4:5-12 I was licensed to preach on the first Sunday of June, 1973. I’ve been preaching for twenty-four years,with almost ten of those years in the pulpit of this church. That is fairly unusual in a day where people

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Being a Crazy Dog for Christ

Mark 12:38-44 And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to go about in long robes, and to have salutations in the market places and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widow’s

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Sexual Ethics for All of Us

FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH OF DES MOINES, IOWA One of the questions that came up recently in the high school ethics class was “What is the relationship between spirituality and sexuality?” This question wasn’t the first one that challenged me in that class… I thought that

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Learning How to Blush

First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Long Beach, California Scripture: Jeremiah 6: 13-15 Welcome to the First Congregational Church of Long Beach, a United Church of Christ, a church with a great history and .. perhaps .. a great future. That part remains to

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Scattered People

November 24, 1996 – Christ the King Sunday Scripture readings for today: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46. Trinity River Church Minneapolis, MN Turkey. Stuffing. Potatoes (Mashed or Sweet). Cranberries. Pumpkin Pie. Football. Nap. Leftovers. Thanksgiving will be here in a few days, and

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Overcoming Oppressive Theology

The City of Refuge United Church of Christ, San Francisco, CA Theos/logos God words or words about God are not etched in granite…they metamorphosise with time. All of us see things a bit differently than how we saw them ten years ago, and certainly our