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Heart Condition

  Do you have a heart condition? Do you want one? This week, the Narrative Lectionary serves up the story of God calling David to be king of Israel. It is an important story because David looms so large in Scripture –one the Bible’s best developed characters and Israel’s most-revered monarch. But how did David... Read More

God is Still Speaking…But How Will We Hear?

  “God is still speaking.” That is what we like to say at Plymouth Church. But how do we hear? Are we really willing to respond? These questions drive the story of God calling Samuel, our text for this week. I Samuel 3:1-21 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of... Read More

Daily Bread

Daily bread. Give us today what we need for today. Jesus taught us to pray in this way, but the idea is not original to him. In the Lord’s Prayer Jesus reaches way back –back into the history of God’s people, back to the wilderness of Sinai, back to manna, the original daily bread. God... Read More

God’s Work; Our Hands

  “…here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.” -President John F. Kennedy January 20, 1961 How does heaven come to earth? It has a lot to do with us. This week we enter the second book of the Bible and take up the story of Moses. Exodus 2:23-25; 3:1-15; 4:10-17 23After a... Read More

Jacob’s Ladder

  We are…climbing…Jacob’s…ladder. If you frequently attend Plymouth’s Saturday Night service—and you should!—this week’s text may have you humming an old spiritual. This week we are all climbing Jacob’s ladder. Of all the Narrative Lectionary texts for this year, the story of Jacob may be the one that got me thinking about the idea of... Read More

The Binding of Isaac

  This one is…uh…this one… This one is hard. In the second week of our program year, the Narrative Lectionary serves up one of the most challenging and, frankly, disturbing of all the stories in the Bible. We call it the Akedah-the Binding of Isaac. Here is how the story goes: Genesis 21:1-3; 22:1-14 21The Lord dealt... Read More

Seen God Lately?

The blog is back! For that matter, so is everything else: choirs, church school confirmation, new programs for adults. On the weekend after Labor Day, Plymouth Church comes roaring back to life. It is one of my very favorite Sundays of the year. And so, yes, the blog is back. Join me here each week... Read More

What Do I Really Believe About…Heaven and Hell?

Let’s start with the results of a recent Gallup Poll. In 2016, respondents were asked if they “believe,” “don’t believe in” or are “not sure about” God, angels, heaven, hell and the devil. The “believe in” results were as follows: God:                79% Angels:           72% Heaven:         71%... Read More

What Do I Really Believe About…Sex and Family?

Once again: I’m in favor of them. But let me start by sharing some of my story. FOCUSING ON THE FAMILY Growing up in an evangelical church, it was hard for me to shake the sense that Christian faith was entirely—maybe exclusively—focused on sex and family relationships. On the one hand, “sin” seemed mostly to... Read More

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Heart Condition

  Do you have a heart condition? Do you want one? This week, the Narrative Lectionary serves up the story of God calling David to be king of Israel. It is an important story because David looms so large in Scripture –one the Bible’s best developed characters and Israel’s most-revered monarch. But how did David... Read More

Christmas Special Offering Grants

The Board of Benevolence seeks grant applications from non-profit organizations with projects that may include those that ease racism, relieve the burden of excessive incarceration, support immigration, and seek to help those affected by mental illness.... Read More

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