Doers of the Word; Rev. Dee Ledger, August 29, 2021

The German religious reformer, Martin Luther, famously called the Epistle of James “an epistle of straw” in comparison to the other books of the New Testament canon. In theological language, Luther believed that one was justified by faith in Jesus Christ alone.   He called this sola fide, or faith alone.  He relegated the epistle of… [Read More]

Put on the PPE of God; Rev. Dee Ledger; August 22, 2021

Perhaps you remember singing “Onward Christian Soldiers” or “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” as a child.  Or maybe you have some vague recollection of the terms “church militant” or the “church triumphant” from a church liturgy in a Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopal, or other setting.  Or maybe you remember learning in some long-ago bible study… [Read More]

An Understanding Mind; Rev. Dee Ledger, August 15, 2021

While I was at Divinity School, a friend of mine from high school came to see me.  At the time, I was living in one of the oldest dormitories still in constant use in the country.  It had housed such famous students as Horatio Alger and Ralph Waldo Emerson.  We knew this because there were… [Read More]

Foundation Cracks; Rev. Dee Ledger, July 4, 2021

Many years ago, I worked for a home inspection company in Florida.  I worked for a lovely Brit and my job was to read and sometimes translate his wild, handwritten scrawl on inspection reports— that is, to proof, edit, and type—and to generate a finished copy, which would then be proofread again by our office… [Read More]

Rise; Rev. Dee Ledger; June 27, 2021

There are any number of reasons why this particular passage is challenging for me to preach on today.  First and foremost, it concerns the death of a child.  Part of this passage was read at our son, Obed’s, funeral service by my request.  Every time that I believe myself to be moving beyond grief, a… [Read More]