Archive for March, 2018

Come and See: An Invitation to Holy Week at Plymouth Church

  This week’s blog post is simply an invitation: come and see. Holy Week is better experienced than explained. First, a little autobiography: I discovered Holy Week as a college student. My Low Church evangelical upbringing treated Easter as a one-off. The notion of commemorating, for example, Maundy Thursday seemed exotic and strange to me.... Read More

Who Is In Charge Around Here?

  Who is really in charge here? As the trial of Jesus comes to its terrible climax, the question hangs in the air: who is responsible for these events? Who can we blame? The answer, unfortunately, is: us. John 19:1-16a Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns... Read More

Leave Your Box at Home

Are we ready? Are we really ready for God to come to us? Are we ready for the transformation that will entail? Are we ready for what will be required of us? John’s Gospel suggests that we are not. Over the last two weeks, we have learned how, at the moment that mattered most, the... Read More

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Programming for Children & Youth Registration & Handbook

Rev. Dr. Stephen G. Ray, President of Chicago Theological Seminary, observed from Plymouth’s pulpit last winter that he could tell our church was alive because we are rich with the most precious resource a church could have: children and youth. Engaging our young people with age-appropriate ways to learn, serve, and grow is the goal... Read More

Hitting a Little Close to Home: The Story of Cain

  Sometimes the Scriptures hit a little close to home. As we struggle with the aftermath of multiple mass shootings in this country—as we grieve and grapple with the horror—our summer sermon series invites us to consider the story of Cain. Genesis 4:1-17 Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore... Read More

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