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The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Chapman

Pastor | Creative | Bad Ass

Writings

I began writing as a hobby in 2012 to chronicle my move from Georgia to Connecticut, my work with Westfield Church, and my ideas, sermons, and notions. In the time since, a little of everything has been posted here, and I think that’s the way it’ll stay.

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A Little Kindness For My Little Town

A Little Kindness For My Little Town

Dear Killingly, It feels like I've lived here a lifetime, which is remarkable, in way,  since I only visited this little town on the Connecticut-Rhode Island border for the first time seven years ago this June. The truth is that I needed a job and there was one open...

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Sermons

Lydia

Lydia

Sermon at Westfield for Sunday, May 1st. Based on Acts 16: 9-15. Today, I want to talk about Acts—the book that follows John in our New Testament writings. You could think of Acts at Luke, part 2. It was written by the same guy, Luke, who was an historian who prided...

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Intentionally

Intentionally

Scriptures: John 13: 31-35, Revelation 21: 1-6 “Love one another.” Three little words from the middle of the Gospel of John, yet those three words changed everything for us in the Christian tradition.  They fundamentally and seismically shifted what faith and religion...

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On Being the Body, Boldly

On Being the Body, Boldly

Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31, Luke 4:14-21 There were problems in Corinth. The church Paul founded there was soaking in conflict. One of the main issues at hand was glossolalia.  More commonly, we call it “Speaking in tongues. Some of the members were speaking...

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Letters to Killingly

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Visual Worship

Risen, indeed.

Risen, indeed.

It's been nearly two weeks since Easter Sunday, and I've discovered that, despite my expectations, things simply aren't slowing down.  Since that Sunday, I've had more meetings than I care to count, community activities to tend to, wedding save-the-dates to mail, and...

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Water of Life: An Altarscape for Lent 3A

Water of Life: An Altarscape for Lent 3A

This week, the Gospel lection offers one of the most revealing conversations we've got about Jesus and his nature. It's one of the longer lections that we we have in Lent (outside of, you know, Good Friday--which is practically all of John 18 and 19).  There is so...

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Born Again: An Altarscape for Lent 2A

Born Again: An Altarscape for Lent 2A

My dear G. has been on spring break and visiting me in Connecticut this week. Although it snowed today (for real. ugh.), we did have a pretty Saturday. He and I visited the coast, ate seafood, and enjoyed the sun. So there's the reason this post is a little late....

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Stoles

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Mama’s Boy

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