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What Do I Really Believe…About Jesus?

This blog post feels different. Every time I sit down and try to write this post, I suddenly get very interested in scrolling through Twitter…or re-alphabetizing my files…or scheduling a dentist’s appointment. I don’t want to write this post. Why? Jesus is different. For a lot of the topics in our summer series on theology,... Read More

What Do I Really Believe About Creation?

Last week, I forever settled the question of God in about 1,000 words. Now we can move on to creation! This one is personal for me. A theological debate about creation is what got me interested in theology in the first place. I am saving that story for Sunday’s sermon, but here is a little... Read More

What Do I Really Believe About God?

Our summer theology series begins with the Mother of All Theological Questions: What do I really believe about God? First, a quick programming note: I intend to blog each week about the topic for the upcoming weekend. But I am going to depart from the program year format of foregrounding the scripture reading. I’m going... Read More

What Do I Really Believe About…? A Summer Series on Belief

“Plymouth Church? They don’t believe anything! ” Have you ever heard someone say something like that? Have you maybe said something like that yourself? (It’s OK. This column is a safe space).  It seems I hear it all the time: Plymouth Church is widely seen as a place where belief does not belong. But that... Read More

What’s Your Story?

We did it! Back in September, we began our journey through the Narrative Lectionary in the Book of Genesis. This week we finish that journey with two readings to mark the day of Pentecost. Taken together, they have me thinking about stories, and the power of stories to shape us. Acts 2:1- 4 When the... Read More

The Way To Be One

It is one the most powerful words in our language: One.   All of you are one in Christ Jesus.   But it isn’t enough to simply assert that we are one. Because most days most of us do not experience ourselves as one but as many: different, divided and fractious. So how do we... Read More

You’ve Got to Fight for Your Right to Fight

You’ve got to fight for your right to…fight?   Maybe.   This week we dip into the Book of Galatians and are invited to consider the virtues of a good church fight. (Plus: bonus Greek geekery, because I just can’t help myself!)   Galatians 1:13-17, 2:11-20   13You have heard, no doubt, of my earlier... Read More

So Inclusive It Hurts

Being about God’s business can be hard work –grinding, grueling. Really welcoming others as God has welcomed us can be awfully painful. And it often involves going to a lot of meetings. As the Easter event continues to ripple out from Jerusalem—as the church expands and grows ever more inclusive—the early Christians discover something: it... Read More

Other People

Forget what your mother told you: Sometimes it is an excellent idea to play with strangers. That is what Phillip discovers in this week’s story. But first, a programing note: this is a big weekend at 9 o’clock. On Saturday Night (at 5:30) and Sunday morning (at 11:00) we will hear sermons on this text.... Read More

Can I Get a Witness? Stephen’s Story

Church: Can’t live with it; can’t live without it. We take a big leap forward in the Narrative Lectionary this week –from the Easter story at Emmaus to characters we have not met doing the things we may not understand. We came for Easter but we end up with a church. That is what this... Read More

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What Do I Really Believe…About Jesus?

This blog post feels different. Every time I sit down and try to write this post, I suddenly get very interested in scrolling through Twitter…or re-alphabetizing my files…or scheduling a dentist’s appointment. I don’t want to write this post. Why? Jesus is different. For a lot of the topics in our summer series on theology,... Read More

NEEDED: Hosts for a new Sacred Hospitality Program

Plymouth will pause the Nine-to–Dine program for the coming year (2017-2018) to facilitate a new series of dinners and meaningful conversations we will call Sacred Hospitality. Scheduling and sign-up details will come in September, but now is the time to recruit hosts. Do you find it easy to make conversation with others? Do you have... Read More

Should Plymouth be a Just Peace Church?

A Plymouth committee has been formed to study how the Just Peace pronouncement would affect Plymouth and to recommend (or not) to Plymouth’s Church Council that Plymouth be designated a Just Peace Church.... Read More

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