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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Breaking Out of the Bubble: Reflections for Pie Weekend

  It is Pie Weekend at Plymouth Church -a time to consider God’s invitation to share what we have! (What, you may ask, is Pie Weekend? It’s pretty simple: everybody brings a pie. To church. And we eat the pies. Together. This year it will serve to kick off our 2020 Stewardship campaign. You really... Read More

Is There Life After Betrayal in Friendship? (A Dad Rock Meditation).

  Here is the thing about friends: sometimes they betray us. No one knows this better than Jesus. Mark 3:13-18 13 He went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him. 14And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to... Read More

Befriending the Dead: Reflections on All Saints’ Weekend

  Halloween is upon us! And while I struggle with my own deep denial about the Beggar’s Night forecast (brrr!), I am also turning my attention to the weekend that will follow.   The practice of celebrating All Saints Day is an ancient one.   According to my trusty (and rarely consulted) Oxford Dictionary of the... Read More

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