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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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Mama’s Boy: The Final Letter

Mama’s Boy: The Final Letter

Read the previous letters: Mama's Boy, Vol 1   |   Mama's Boy, Vol 2  |   Mama's Boy, Vol 3 Mama's Boy, Vol 4   |   Mama's Boy, Halloween Edition Dear Mama, For five years now, I've written to you on Mother's Day. For five years, I've lamented the tradition of...

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Sermons

Being the To, the Through, and the Jugs

Being the To, the Through, and the Jugs

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what...

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Bolder

Bolder

Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. The two went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit (for as yet the Spirit had not come upon any of them; they had only been...

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Wreaths and Wise Men (and telling the truth, faithfully)

Wreaths and Wise Men (and telling the truth, faithfully)

This year, I'm going to work on getting back in the habit of posting. In my mind, it can feel like a chore--finding something new to write. But then it struck me a month or two ago that I write new content every week for my congregation. So here it is: this Sunday's...

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Letters to Killingly

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Visual Worship

The Wilderness of Temptation

The Wilderness of Temptation

The first Sunday in Lent, if you're following the lectionary, always finds Jesus wandering in the wilderness and being tempted by the Devil.  Matthew, Mark, and Luke all share this story (with some slight variations) and it is a fitting start to Lent. For forty days,...

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Telling The Story Of Lent

Telling The Story Of Lent

Last Saturday, I led worship and a workshop on visual worship at the Massachusetts Conference's and Connecticut Conference's Super Saturday event. I started my workshop by talking about stories--particularly the stories that our worship spaces tell. Really, there's...

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Dust and Ashes

Dust and Ashes

Ash Wednesday has long been one of my favorite days on the Liturgical Calendar. Reminding people of their mortality is a task that ranks among the more solemn of my responsibilities, but more important is reminding people of just what God can do with dust and ashes....

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Stoles

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Mama’s Boy

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