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He is Risen

by Rev. Richard Haley

Dear Friends, As noted above, the message to the women who were at the empty tomb on the first Easter morning was this: “Go quickly and tell…” And they did. And it gets me to thinking about our own reactions to “God moments” in our lives. How quickly are we to tell of them, or […]

The Boys of Summer

by Rev. Richard Haley

The above phrase is the title of a critically acclaimed book by author Roger Kahn published in 1971. It is both a memoir of his childhood in Brooklyn and a history of the old National League baseball team the Brooklyn Dodgers from the late 1940’s to 1955 when they won the World Series. It is […]

Ash Wednesday

by Rev. Richard Haley

Historically we Baptists take scant notice of Ash Wednesday. Indeed, when I was growing up we paid little attention to Lent and it was only after I returned from military service when my home church called a new pastor that we began to deal with Maundy Thursday! Times have changed and most American Baptist Churches […]

This is my story, this is my song…

by Rev. Richard Haley

So begins the chorus of “Blessed Assurance,” one of the most beloved gospel hymns of the Christian Church written by the blind poet and lyricist Fanny Crosby back  in 1873. It remains to this day one of my favorite hymns. It begs the question, “What is my story when it comes to God?” I went […]

Where is he…?

by Rev. Richard Haley

So begins the visit of the Magi, or “wise men” sometime after Jesus was born. Traditionally remembered on January 6 or the Sunday nearest that date, Epiphany (the “official” name of the visit of the wise men) is the time the wider Christian church remembers that Jesus came into the world, not just for a […]

Unto you is born this day a Savior

by Rev. Richard Haley

Dear Friends, The above verse from Luke’s gospel can personalize Christmas in a very intimate way. While the “you” in the verse is plural and in its context is directed to the shepherds on the hillside as the angels announced the birth of Jesus, may I suggest we suspend “proper” biblical scholarship and pull this […]

… and his name shall be called …

by Rev. Richard Haley

Christians over the centuries have understood these ancient words from the Prophet Isaiah to be a “Messianic Prophecy” about the Messiah in general and Jesus in particular. As we think about and remember Jesus’ birth this Christmas maybe we should ask ourselves, “Did Jesus grow up to become the fulfillment of this vision from Isaiah?” […]

Now thank we all our God…

by Rev. Richard Haley

The first line of the above hymn, which we often (and will this year) sing around our national holiday of Thanksgiving, is reflective of what Jesus identified as the first and greatest commandment, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all they soul, and with all they mind…” (KJV). […]

Because God first loved us

by Rev. Richard Haley

As I have come to know God in my life and sensed the presence of God with me, the above description is true. For me, God has been slow to anger even though I have done much to warrant an angry response from God. God has been gracious and merciful to me and through inner […]

Do unto others

by Rev. Richard Haley

While the above teaching of Jesus is central to our Christian tradition, some form of what we call The Golden Rule can be found in most other religious traditions. I have a copy of The Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels originally published in the 1840’s and it too affirms the Golden Rule. The universality […]