This Sunday is Mother’s Day–a time that can be either heart-warming or heart-breaking (and sometimes both). That’s because some of us may feel gratitude for the parents we had; some of us feel a little empty, wishing we had had what it seems everyone else … read more.
Category: Minister’s Message
Last Sunday I gave a sermon on the Rev. Hosea Ballou (considered the “father” of Universalism). Of course, I often find I don’t have the time to include all the stories I would like to share in the service time we have available, and this … read more.
As you can see in the description of the upcoming Sunday service (“Getting the Hell Out of Religion: Part II”), we will be celebrating the 250th birthday of Hosea Ballou (often called the “father” of Universalism in America) this coming Sunday.
So, what do you call … read more.
In some previous Parson to Person columns I have shared some actual announcements from various church bulletins around the country–announcements that displayed unintended humor (sometimes as a result of typographical errors, sometimes through dangling modifiers, sometimes just mangled syntax). Dean Johnson first alerted me to … read more.
Back in November and February I wrote a couple columns on some lessons I learned on a trip I took to Indonesia in 2013, thanks to a gift from a family in the church I was serving then. (Actually, two members of that family are … read more.
As you read this, I will have celebrated my 72nd birthday on Wednesday, March 31st. (I always wished my birthday could have been on April Fools’ Day; it always seemed a better fit!)
One of the things I got for my birthday was a small bouquet … read more.
A couple people asked whether my sermon on March 14th (“Here Comes the Sun”) would be available in print. It is, and you can get it at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vBmUNlYl-qeLlZZ8Yv7fEuRPap7xfslror8wYt0O8vc/edit But for those who especially wanted the section on watching eggs hatch, I decided to let that … read more.
In my sermon this past Sunday I mentioned that I would tell you how (and why) Easter varies so much from year to year. Although my original intention was to include this in my sermon, time limitations led me to put the explanation here instead. … read more.
This Sunday I will be speaking about some of the spring festivals around the world (ancient and modern). In preparing my message, however, I realized I wouldn’t have time to mention some of the stories I really like–e.g., why Easter can come as early as March … read more.
Last Sunday my sermon was on “The Way for This Journey.” There is one story I didn’t have time to tell you in that sermon, so I thought I’d mention it in this “Parson to Person” column. It has to do with the idea that … read more.