Author: Dawson Taylor

Fly Like an Eagle

Fly Like an Eagle

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. [God] does not faint or grow weary; [God’s] understanding is unsearchable. [God] gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall […]

The Faith of Science

The Faith of Science

Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it… (Isaiah 42:5, NRSV) I appreciate so much when people share parts of their lives and family […]

Summer Memories

Summer Memories

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you […]

The Wordsmith vs. 2020

The Wordsmith vs. 2020

“But now thus says the Lord…Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1 (NRSV) I am a wordsmith. If you think about it from a purely professional standpoint, in my role as Senior Minister, you employ me to use words. Admittedly some of you probably […]

Christmas Bells

Christmas Bells

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14 (KJV) I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, and wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men! In 1861, two years before writing his famous Christmas Bells poem, Henry […]

Celebrate Everything

Celebrate Everything

David danced before the Lord with all his might . . . (2 Samuel 6:14a, NRSV) I was recently enjoying a socially distanced Happy Hour with a good friend. I really do not remember how it came up, but our server said something about the New Year approaching. We both laughed and said that it would […]

The Beginning of the End

The Beginning of the End

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth . . . (Revelation 21:1a) Margaret Keenan, a grandmother in the United Kingdom, who turns 91 next week, said the injection was the “best early birthday present.” She was the first recorded COVID-19 vaccine recipient earlier this week. As she received the injection, those who watched […]

The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. (Luke 2:19 KJV) Last year, my parents gave me a pair of earbuds for Christmas. I asked for a specific pair and my parents graciously and generously purchased that particular set for me. My original intent was to use them for jogging and […]

Count Your Blessings

Count Your Blessings

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NRSV) A survey released earlier this week stated that 61% of families changed their Thanksgiving plans due to COVID-19 spikes. My family is one of them. The night before my parents […]

Empty Chairs at Empty Tables

Empty Chairs at Empty Tables

Jesus said to [Martha], ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.’ (John 11:25-26a, NRSV) I mentioned in a previous Going the Distance that I do not watch a lot of television. At least […]

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