Archive for May, 2019

focUS Insights: Let’s Live into Our Motto!

Results from the focUS Survey conducted in February are available for review, and they highlight the many strengths of our church community, some frustrations, and an eagerness to move forward together to live out our fullest potential. The survey was delivered as part of Plymouth’s focUS initiative which was designed to help members, staff, and... Read More

The Walking Dead: Paul’s Theology of Baptism (Romans 6:1-14)

  I don’t care what the meteorologists say –Memorial Day is the real start of summer. And so it seems appropriate that we turn our thoughts to water and to baptism. But for Paul, baptism is not a day at the beach. It is more like that show on AMC that I stopped watching. Welcome... Read More

Not Bad for a Fundraising Letter: Romans 5:1-11

  It is a book of the Bible, an epistle from a church leader to a congregation. It is also a fundraising letter. It may be the most widely-read fundraising letter in human history.   This week we continue in the Book of Romans, skipping ahead to chapter 5.   But in order to get... Read More

Spending Some Time with the Apostle Paul

  Time to spend some time with Paul. Paul? Yes, Paul. This will be better than you think, I promise. Romans 1:1-17 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, 3the gospel concerning his Son, who... Read More

The Preaching of Paul and a Punk Rock Song: Acts 13 and 14

  This week’s Scripture reading reminds me of a punk rock song. No, seriously. Belfast’s own Stiff Little Fingers has a song called “Nobody’s Hero.” It’s a (loud, angry) reminder that human beings have a habit of trusting too much in mere mortals. But the thing is: you don’t need a punk rock song to... Read More

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Beloved: The Season of Epiphany at Plymouth Church

  I have some travel coming up and so weekly blogging is on semi-hiatus. But I want to a little table-setting for the season of Epiphany. I want to give you a word for the beginning of 2020: Beloved. Can you see yourself as God’s Beloved? In Epiphany we will explore that question. The word... Read More

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