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What Does God Want?

  It is a question that some of us never consider. It is a question that some of us cannot escape. Throughout history, some of us have killed each other over different answers to this question. What does God want? This week, the Prophet Micah is trying to tell us. Micah 5:2-5a, 6:6-8 2 But you,... Read More

From Small Things…

  …Big Things One Day Come. (In case you don’t get the reference) Self-plagiarism alert: Most of this blog post is adapted from a sermon that I preached at The Community Church of Little Neck in February of 2003. In so many ways, we have been trained to seek our salvation in big dramatic gestures.... Read More

On the Limits of Wisdom

  Wisdom is wonderful! But it will only get you so far. Just ask Solomon. I Kings 3:5-9, 16-28 5At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.” 6And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he... Read More

25 Years of Open and Affirming at Plymouth Church!

  25 years! This weekend, Plymouth Church celebrates 25 years as an Open and Affirming Congregation. We have a lot to celebrate and a lot to look back on with gratitude. At the Fellowship Forum on Sunday the 14th (10:10 a.m. in Greenwood) we will reflect on the O&A process and the ways our welcome... Read More

People of the Promise: Bad Theology Edition

  We are People of the Promise. But the promise of God is a peculiar thing. It can lead you to some unexpected places. In Joseph’s case, the promise seemed to put him in prison. But God wasn’t finished with Joseph yet. Genesis 39:1-23 Now Joseph was taken down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer... Read More

Why Worship? A Summer Series

It is the single most important thing that we do at Plymouth Church. We do it every single week. I like to think we do it pretty well. But we rarely talk about it. Why do we worship? Exactly what are we trying to accomplish? And could we do it more effectively? I look forward... Read More

Church: Why Bother?

  When I was graduating from college, every student in the Department of Biblical and Religious Studies was given a copy of the book Church: Why Bother? We were Christian college students. We had just spent four years studying the Bible and theology. But it still seemed like a pertinent question: Why bother with church?... Read More

Asking the Right Questions: Philippians 2: 1-13

  When I really learned how to preach—I mean the exact “Ah-ha!” moment—it was while working with this text. Something one of my seminary professors had been trying to tell me finally clicked into place. I now consider it the sine qua non of good preaching. Are you ready for it? Here it is: The... Read More

Take Joy! (Philippians 1:1-18a)

  IF YOU DON’T READ ANYTHING ELSE, READ THIS: David Telfort is preaching at Plymouth this weekend (5:30 Saturday Night and 11:00 Sunday morning). Don’t miss it!   Now we return to our regularly scheduled blogging. What is joy? Where does it come from? Does it ever seem elusive? In our text for this week,... Read More

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Rooted in Creation: What the Angels Can Show Us

  EDITORIAL NOTE: This weekend, we will wrap up our Rooted in Creation Series and hear Mary Kate Buchanan’s very first sermon at Plymouth Church! In the meantime, here is text of my sermon from the Saturday July 13 and Sunday July 14.    Revelation 22:1-5 Then the angel showed me the river of the... Read More

Summer Program Guide 2019 is here!

Don’t miss a single piece of programming at Plymouth Church this summer! Our Summer Program Guide 2019 includes everything happening for every age. Pick up a copy in the church’s literature racks, or download a PDF copy by clicking here.... 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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