Bright Wings and Laughteryawn

Because the Holy Ghost over the bent world broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings. ~Gerard Manley Hopkins My son, upon seeing the shade drawn over any window, immediately cries out, “Ooooo-pen!” Stretching out the vowel as he stretches out his arms, reaching for the unknown with confidence and curiosity pumping through his veins like […]

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Isaiah 40:8, sonnet

Isaiah 40:8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever. ***** The book of nature can be light and easy; just look at the sun’s rays gentle on the grass, or the song birds dancing an aerial chasse. Yes, the view from our window is so pretty. […]

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Cry Like A Dog

The following sermon was preached at New Dublin Presbyterian Church on August 17, 2014. “Cry Like a Dog” Genesis 45:1–15; Matthew 15:21–28[1] ***** You heard correctly: Jesus calls this poor woman a dog—a dog! Much like in our culture, the term in ancient Palestine was a derogatory slur, a racial epithet thrown at someone considered […]

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Thunderous Teachers

As teachers and students get ready for the new school year, I offer a reflection about the transformative power of a teacher on our hearts and minds. The link below will take you to the clip, which is part of a series at New Dublin Presbyterian Church called “Ninety Second Sermons.” As we think about […]

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Grace Enough

“Grace Enough” Preached at New Dublin Presbyterian Church on August 10th, 2014 Genesis 37:18–28; Matthew 14:22–33 ***** The summer before I went to college, my family took a trip to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Once there, we hiked through a glacier national park until we reached the very starting point of one of the cold streams, […]

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Sonnet

Precious Lord, do you take us by the hand? Guiding each of our steps as the foamy sea spills across the beach? Its waves rush and recede; is all movement indebted to your cosmic plan? It is the Moon, so high above he stands, who exerts will over the sea. The tides themselves are not […]

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Last Words

In John Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, the protagonist collects the last words of famous people. Some of them are silly, like Oscar Wilde’s, “This wallpaper is dreadful; one of us will have to go.” Others are mysterious like Emily Dickinson’s, “I must go in, the fog is rising.” But mostly, we remember the […]

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John 14:5, midrash

John 14:5, midrash Note: “Midrash” is a rabbinic biblical interpretation exercise, which often reads scripture with scripture, investigating how words are used in similar and dissimilar ways in other passages. The term, midrash, comes from the root of the Hebrew word for “seeking.” As such, I am seeking connection and meaning from a text and […]

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Isaiah 11:6, midrash

Isaiah 11:6, midrash Note: “Midrash” is a rabbinic biblical interpretation exercise, which often reads scripture with scripture, investigating how words are used in similar and dissimilar ways in other passages. The term, midrash, comes from the root of the Hebrew word for “seeking.” As such, I am seeking connection and meaning from a text and […]

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Psalm 46, midrash

Psalm 46, midrash Note: “Midrash” is a rabbinic biblical interpretation exercise, which often reads scripture with scripture, investigating how words are used in similar and dissimilar ways in other passages. The term, midrash, comes from the root of the Hebrew word for “seeking.” As such, I am seeking connection and meaning from a text and […]

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