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Back to seminary

by Bishop Bill Gohl This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy. -1 Corinthians 4:1-2 Last week, I had the opportunity to visit my seminary alma...

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Christmas Evangelism: Part Two

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. –John 14:14 While personal, in-person invitations will probably always be the best way to invite someone to a Christmas worship...

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On adulting

by Bishop Bill Gohl When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. – 1 Corinthians 13:11 adult [uh-duhlt, ad-uhlt] adjective - having attained full size and strength;...

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Dear Mabel Joy

by Bishop Bill Gohl "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." – John 8:31b-32 This is the text of the homily I delivered at Breath of God (Highlandtown) at a special liturgy on Reformation...

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Transitions

Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. - Hebrews 13:7 There are significant transitions happening in the Office of the Bishop for our Delaware-Maryland Synod. With mixed...

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Christmas Evangelism: Part One

by Bishop Bill Gohl "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us." So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. – Luke 2:15b-16 Christmas, the celebration of God's...

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On accompaniment

by Bishop Bill Gohl Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. – Isaiah 43:1b I have privilege, and I have a lot of it; not only in my personhood, but also in the office that I exercise in and on behalf of the church. That gives me...

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Angels revisited

Bishop Gohl preached this sermon at Christ (Inner Harbor) on the Festival of Michael and All Angels to mark the occasion of the Rev. Susan Tjornehoj’s retirement. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, "Now have come the salvation and the power and the...

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“Failing” sabbatical

by Bishop Bill Gohl "Live in love" - Ephesians 5:2a No fewer than thirty people have told me that I "failed" my sabbatical this summer. I was in too many places, attending to too much church stuff. While I don't think I necessarily failed in appreciating the gift of...

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