Category Archives: Spiritual Formation

A Virtual Church

  In the story of the Ascension of Jesus, there is  – at the beginning of the story of the Church – a final commission: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be … Continue reading

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Stephen and the Mob

A Reflection on Acts 7: 55 – 60 Stephen’s rise to leadership begins much earlier in Acts. “Choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom.” The Twelve are so busy tending … Continue reading

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We Had Hoped

W This is a sermon I preached at Saint Mark’s UMC in Raleigh, NC on May 3, 2015. Read: Luke 24: 13 – 23; 28 – 35      The Walk to Emmaus These guys must not have been told by their … Continue reading

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Doubt

Dear Thomas, what questions you leave us with! You come into the room with such doubt. Jesus has already stood with the others. Where have you been? What have you been thinking before this moment? To come late and full … Continue reading

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Mary Went to the Phone

Perhaps it was that my mouth outran my brain, or the other way around. Or perhaps in light of this COVID 19 shelter in place order of the day, that I actually was prescient. I stood in the parking lot … Continue reading

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Where Can We Go?

A Reflection in Psalm 139 Leaving Steeretown, Jamacia, after ten days of working to build a Methodist Church there, was filled with emotion. There were goodbyes to the church members who had hosted us and worshiped with us and worked … Continue reading

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Watching for the Morning

A Reflection on Psalm 130 The projection clock displays the time in red numbers on our bedroom ceiling. The clock was a gift to us one Christmas. We chuckled when we opened it that Christmas morning. Who needs to know … Continue reading

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Got Solace?

A Reflection on Psalm 91 In times of unease and fear, recalling God’s deliverance brings solace to our weary souls. Our times are bringing anxiety. Panic is setting in. We can see it in the hoarding going on at the … Continue reading

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Comfort: A Reflection on Psalm 23

For a psalm that many of us learned as children, and a psalm that today we most often hear and speak responsively at funerals, Psalm 23 speaks to life today as we are living through what seems like unstoppable dis-comfort, … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina at Home

For the Lenten Season 2020 a small group from various churches has met at Saint Mark’s UMC in Raleigh for lectio divina in the Psalms of Lent 2020. It occurs to me that the Virtual Church might appreciate a plan … Continue reading

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