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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

Rev. Traci Blackmon to Preach at Plymouth Church!

Join us for worship on Sunday, April 29, when Plymouth welcomes nationally-recognized preacher and activist the Rev. Traci Blackmon into our pulpit. Rev. Blackmon serves as Executive Minister of Justice and Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ Florissant, MO. A featured... Read More

Good Question; Bad Sitcom (Acts 16:16-34)

  It’s one of my favorite questions -and one of the 80’s more mediocre sitcoms: Who’s The Boss? That is also what this reading from Acts is all about: Who is in charge and why does it matter? Acts 16:16-34 16One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave... Read More

Meet Me on the Damascus Road

  The blog is back! I took the week after Easter to do…very little. Mary Beth and I took a trip to Mason City to do a little Music Man tourism. I binge-watched a Norwegian political thriller. I baked my very first pound cake, which was not very good, and my second ever pound cake,... 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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