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  • The threat of life

    The threat of life

    Church Newsletter

    A pastoral note sent to the congregation of Kensington Community Church, San Diego, Calif. upon my appointment as its Bridge Minister. Church: I am so grateful I get to serve you for the next two years as Bridge Minister. The job of a “Bridge Minister” is to support a congregation as it “bridges” from one…

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  • All things new

    All things new

    Luke 24.1-12

    Many days I’ll wrap up my day job and drive over to the church so I can work on my sermon with the joyous applause of alcoholics and children of alcoholics and addicts and debtors and gamblers celebrating recovery in the background. And if I’m really lucky, once or twice a week, one of the…

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  • And the calm will be the better

    And the calm will be the better

    Matthew 14.22-33

    They go out on the water, and a wild storm comes. The disciples are overwhelmed, by the storm, meanwhile, Jesus decides that rather than sleeping on the mountain when he’s done praying, he’ll just walk across the water, as one does, to join his friends on the sea. And during the fourth watch of the…

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  • Fight, flight, freeze, fawn, flop, forget-about-it…

    Fight, flight, freeze, fawn, flop, forget-about-it…

    Luke 1.23-45

    A sermon on Luke 1:23-45 for Kensington Community Church on the second Sunday of Advent. This sermon series is structured after the theme “How does a weary world rejoice?” from A Sanctified Art. You’re probably already familiar with the concept of instinctive threat responses—the reactions our bodies choose between when we are afraid. Back in my day,…

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