“Is it possible to build something bold rather than shrink what we have?”

 "Is it possible to build something bold rather than shrink what we have?" The two institutions I love the most are: Church and Newspaper (Museums and Baseball are 3 & 4, respectively). I believe in their similar and quite different holy work to tell stories of Truth and Life, especially stories that are undervalued and…Read more “Is it possible to build something bold rather than shrink what we have?”

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“An intense religious experience, the exact nature of which is uncertain.”

All Saints, Brookline Transfiguration Sunday, February 7, 2015 Luke 9:28-36, (37-43) Let us pray: May we see. Amen. Sometimes, truth lurks in the footnotes. There, beneath the Gospel text, in The Oxford Annotated Bible, New Revised Standard Version with the Apocrypha, Third Edition 2001, there, where the font gets small and squished, some unnamed, unknown…Read more “An intense religious experience, the exact nature of which is uncertain.”

Holy Inheritance: A Sermon on Mark 10: 17-33

Holy Inheritance: A Sermon on Mark 10:17-33 Sunday October 11, 2015 Bethlehem Covenant Church, Worcester MA (Preacher's note: This sermon was also an experiment in crowd-sourcing stories from friends and strangers on social media) Every family has stories of inheritance. Every family has stories of inheritance: some are beautiful tales of priceless gifts, some are tormented…Read more Holy Inheritance: A Sermon on Mark 10: 17-33

Teaching Twitter skeptics, a template

Today was an experiment that seemed to mostly work. I often teach "Intro to Social Media" workshops in Church settings. Today, with the Louisiana Interchurch Council Board, I experimented with teaching people how to tweet using a paper template. I figured that folks from a paper generation would be more comfortable drafting their #FirstTweet by…Read more Teaching Twitter skeptics, a template

Being Re-formed: A sermon on Jeremiah 18

First Congregational Church of West Tisbury Sunday Sept 8, 2013 Jeremiah 18:1-11 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2“Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” 3So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. 4The vessel…Read more Being Re-formed: A sermon on Jeremiah 18

Quick and Dirty: Ash Wednesday

This morning before work, I joined our pastor and another parishioner from Hope Central Church to offer the imposition of ashes at our local subway station. It is an awkward thing to stand on a street corner in Boston. I blessed two bicycles and a sick dog. Don asked for prayers for his sobriety as…Read more Quick and Dirty: Ash Wednesday

7 Words: Facebook Pages and Defining your ‘Voice’

Old South Church in Boston's Facebook page includes the usual updates on their shared life. But a creative, participatory project caught my eye. Borrowing from The Christian Century article "The Gospel in Seven Words,"  their Facebook page offered their own seven word summations of the Gospel from clergy and members alike over multiple days. From the Minister…Read more 7 Words: Facebook Pages and Defining your ‘Voice’