Keeping Up

  “Get up; kill and eat!” I have never seen a cross stitch made from this particular piece of Scripture; I doubt it makes many people’s lists of inspirational quotations. But something significant happens in this very strange story. God is breaking the early church wide open. Acts 10:1-17, 34-48 In Caesarea there was a... Read More

Plymouth Easter Gifts Support Our Just Peace Covenant

Honoring the Plymouth Just Peace Covenant, the Easter Special Offering will be gifted to the following initiatives and non-profit organizations serving Des Moines Metro people, who are most in need and striving for social and/or economic justice. The projects selected for this year’s gifts are: Family Promise of Greater Des Moines – The funds will... Read More

Holy Week at Plymouth Church

  I WILL be preaching on Palm Sunday and Easter. And on both Sundays I will continue to talk about the motto of Plymouth Church: We agree to differ. We resolve to love. We unite to serve.  I know I tend to repeat myself, but some things bear repeating. Holy Week is better experienced than explained... Read More

The Least of These? (Matthew 25:31-46)

  All through the season of Lent, I have been inviting the people of Plymouth to ponder our motto: We Agree to Differ. We resolve to Love. We Unite to Serve.  From now through Easter, I am preaching a series of sermons on the meaning of membership at Plymouth Church. Each sermon will have two texts: the Scripture... Read More

Renewing Our Covenant: We Unite to Serve (Stay Awake!)

All through the season of Lent, I have been inviting the people of Plymouth to ponder our motto: We Agree to Differ. We resolve to Love. We Unite to Serve.  From now through Easter, I am preaching a series of sermons on the meaning of membership at Plymouth Church. Each sermon will have two texts:... Read More

Who Let You In? (Matthew 22:1-14).

  All through the season of Lent, I have been inviting the people of Plymouth to ponder our motto: We Agree to Differ. We resolve to Love. We Unite to Serve.  From now through Easter, I am preaching a series of sermons on the meaning of membership at Plymouth Church. Each sermon will have two... Read More

Renewing Our Covenant: We Agree to Differ (First Sermon in a Series)

This sermon was preached at Plymouth Church the first weekend of Lent 2019 -MML I. We agree to differ. We resolve to love. We unite to serve.   That is the motto of Plymouth Church: a dozen little words that distill the essence of this place. And today is the first Sunday of Lent –traditionally a... Read More

Applications Available for Plymouth Women’s Scholarship

The Plymouth Women Scholarships are awarded once a year to two or more college students who are preparing for a career in service such as seminary, social work, education, medicine, etc. Applicants must be a junior, senior or graduate student in a college or university. Plymouth members are given preference, but any qualified person may... Read More

Renewing Our Covenant: We Resolve to Love

  As the journey of Lent continues, so does my invitation to ponder our motto: We Agree to Differ. We resolve to Love. We Unite to Serve.  All throughout Lent, I am preaching a series of sermons on the meaning of membership at Plymouth Church. Each sermon will have two texts: the Scripture lesson assigned... Read More

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Creation: The Story So Nice They Told It Twice! (Genesis 2)

  Our “Rooted in Creation” summer series continues with the second chapter of Genesis and an entirely different creation story. Genesis 2:4-25 4 These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, 5when no plant of the field was yet in... Read More

BONUS BLOG POST: Climate Change, Science and Progressive Christian Snobbery

  Do you know the hardest thing about preaching –or, to be more precise, the hardest thing about writing a sermon? Discipline. The discipline to recognize that something you REALLY want to say does not, in fact, belong in the sermon. But do you know the best thing about having a blog? It gives me... 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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