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Breaking Straight Through

Isaiah 40:1-11; Mark 1:1-8

First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 10 December 2017

Good News from the place of struggle. Not exactly your typical Advent or Christmas card. Good news from the wilderness. Get ready for this good news storming your way as a cloud of locusts overtaking the dessert before it settles on your lush gardens.

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The Sky is Falling

Isaiah 64:1-9 Mark 13:24-37

First Congregational Church of Anchorage  :  3 December 2017

I suppose bad news is better than no news some times. Its like the anticipation is more painful than just knowing sometimes. I come from a fairly robust line of people who worry about their health; people who want to know what might be wrong with them.

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Worthiness is Nonnegotiable

Matthew 25:31-46

First Congregational Church of Anchorage  :  26 November 2017

A dear friend of mine died last Saturday. Mike Bartlett was an amazing guitar player. He and I first met when he was an inmate in a Kansas prison. We have worked on three different recording projects together and played countless shows both within prisons and outside. He is the second friend to die in recent years whom I played and recorded music with, and who I also first met in prison. Mike was a gifted songwriter, and a frequent source of insight into the reality of life within the criminal justice system.

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The Choice and Service of Religion : Joseph Steven Buckminster

2 Corinthians 9:6-15; The Choice and Service of Religion

First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 19 November 2017

Could it be that we just didn’t read it correctly? Maybe we misheard it long ago and we have never been corrected. Are you sure you have given enough? Perhaps, even though we say there are no strings attached, we can’t help but wonder what it is we might have missed that could hold us ransom for what we should have done, let alone all things we did instead.

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Carry A Nation

Amos 5:18-24; Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16

First Congregational Church of Anchorage  :  12 November 2017

I was thinking about sharing stories with each other this week, and there is one that comes to my mind maybe more often than it should, or I suppose it has something I need to hear often.

There is a famous person who made a name for herself in the town I grew up in. While living there and running a hotel, she became an active leader in the temperance movement and started the local chapter of the Women’s Christian Temperance Movement.

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Hearing Unheard Voices

Matthew 5:1-12

First Congregational Church of Anchorage  :  5 November 2017 – All Saints Sunday

Sometimes when I am out in the fog, I feel freer to be myself. Anyway, who would notice. They are in their own fog just over there, and neither of us is any the wiser. It is odd to me that when the visible sky makes its way down to our feet, we find the ground much more disorientating.

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1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

First Congregational Church of Anchorage  :  29 October 2017

Remember your baptism. Remember the day you were claimed as a child of God. Remember the day when in the presence of your community you stepped into a new way of living, even if you were not sure how.

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What Does God Expect?

Isaiah 5:1-7;  Matthew 21:23-32

First Congregational Church of Anchorage  :  8 October 2017

The month of October is, among other things, Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Speaking from a state with the highest level of domestic abuse, we are likely personally aware of the real effects of domestic violence, or at minimum aware of its larger social effects.

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Deserve Ain’t Got Nothing to Do With It

Matthew 20:1-16

First Congregational Church of Anchorage  :  24 September 2017

After I began my job as the General Manager of Cinnamon’s Deli, the restaurant I used to operate, I called my grandpa. He had been the office manager for a factory that makes wallboard for construction in the same town I grew up in. He was an accountant and ran the office, but retired the same year I was born.

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Look at Me!

Psalm 119:33-40 (CEB)

First Congregational Church of Anchorage  :  10 September 2017

1- Lord, teach me what your statutes are about,

and I will guard every part of them.

2- Help me understand so I can guard your Instruction

and keep it with all my heart.

3- Lead me on the trail of your commandments

because that is what I want.

4- Turn my heart to your laws,

not to greedy gain.

4- Turn my eyes away from looking at worthless things.

Make me live by your way.

3- Confirm your promise to your servant—

the promise that is for all those who honor you.

2- Remove the insults that I dread

because your rules are good.

1- Look how I desire your precepts!

Make me live by your righteousness.


I remember checking the book out, curious at what all the fuss was about. There were reviews about it, and some ministers that I had heard of before were condemning it. So as soon as the library would allow, I reserved it. I was not the first one to do so, so it would be a few weeks before I would have a chance o read it.

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