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The Illusion of Certainty

“For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1) Like many Christians, I have been curious and dismayed about what seems to be the increasing appeal of fundamentalism and fundamentalist thinking within

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Route Recalculation

Preached at Garden of Grace United Church of Christ in Columbia, SC on June 24, 2007 Readings: Jonah 1:1-10, Matthew 6:25-33 Our grandson, Ayden, recently celebrated his first birthday. To join the celebration we had to make our way from Camden to Summerton where the other grandparents live. Now,

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By Whose Definition?

Preached at Garden of Grace UCC in Columbia, SC on Feb. 11, 2007 Scripture Lessons: Luke 6:17-26, Jeremiah 17:5-10 Back in 1998, a well known politician made a bizarre statement. Now, I know that’s not anything unusual, and I would only have to look at

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I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal

I’m just an old chunk of coal, But I’m gonna be a diamond some day, I’m gonna grow and glow ’til I’m so blue pure perfect, I’m gonna put a smile on ev’rybody’s face. I’m gonna kneel and pray ev’ry day, Lest I should become

Dove flying in a city

The House

101 Charlie Smith Drive. It’s a beautiful, sprawling ranch style home nestled among the back-roads of rural southeastern Georgia. Its 3,000 square feet of open space are inviting. Ghostly aromas of cookies, chicken dinners and midnight snacks still haunt the now still, vacant air of

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A Seal Upon My Heart

Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If

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People Suck

Scripture readings: 2 Samuel 11:2-5 Matthew 15:21-28 1 Corinthians 13:9-13 I had been in seminary only a little while when my then-partner asked me a stumper of a question. “Don’t you think that’s a contradiction?” she asked me one day. “What?” I asked perplexed. “The

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The Awakened Heart

“Then it suddenly struck me how much of my religious life had been centered on reading and writing about God, while very little of it had been spent waiting silently in God’s presence, and virtually none waiting silently with other people.” Diogenes Allen — Spiritual