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C. David Mckirachan

C. David McKirachan is pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury in central New Jersey. He also teaches at Monmouth University. Two of his books, I Happened Upon a Miracle and A Year of Wonder, have been published by Westminster John Knox Press. McKirachan was raised in a pastor's home and he is the brother of a pastor, and he has discovered his name indicates that he has druid roots. Storytelling seems to be a congenital disorder. He lives with his 21-year-old son Ben and his dog Sam.
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With Malice Towards None and Kindness Towards Your Enemy -- Ephesians 4:25--5:2, Psalm 130, 1 Kings 19:4-8, Psalm 34:1-8, 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33 -- Frank Ramirez, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B -- 2018
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Folding Pews -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, James 1:17-27 -- C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2018
Contents “Folding Pews” by C. David McKirachan
Hoisted On Their Own Petard -- James 5:13-20, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Mark 9:38-50 -- C. David Mckirachan, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2018
Contents “Hoisted On Their Own Petard” by C. David McKirachan
A Good Answer -- Mark 10:35-45 -- C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - B -- 2018
There’s an old saying, “Watch what you pray for, you might get it.” A cautionary tale.
Mom -- Mark 13:1-8, 1 Samuel 1:4-20, Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25, 1 Samuel 2:1-10 -- C. David Mckirachan, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - B -- 2018
Contents “Mom” by C. David McKirachan
These People Marvel at the Star -- Luke 21:25-36, Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Frank Ramirez, C. David Mckirachan -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Contents “These People Marvel at the Star” by Frank Ramirez
First Encounter -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55), Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:46b-55 -- Keith Hewitt, C. David Mckirachan -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Contents “First Encounter” by Keith Hewitt
Hook and Line -- Mark 1:14-20, 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 -- C. David Mckirachan -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - B -- 2018
Contents "Hook and Line" by C. David McKirachan
An Acceptable Time To Open Our Eyes -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21, Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10, Psalm 51:1-17 -- Frank Ramirez, C. David Mckirachan -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 2018
Contents "An Acceptable Time To Open Our Eyes" by Frank Ramirez
Kicking Over the Pulpit -- John 2:13-22 -- C. David Mckirachan -- Third Sunday in Lent - B -- 2018
Contents "Kicking Over the Pulpit" by C. David McKirachan
A Pile Of Camels -- Matthew 2:1-12, Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 -- C. David Mckirachan -- Epiphany of the Lord - A -- 2017
Contents "A Pile of Camels" by C. David McKirachan
Resolutions -- Matthew 5:13-20, Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12), 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16), Psalm 112:1-9 (10) -- C. David Mckirachan, Peter Andrew Smith -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 2017
Contents "Resolutions" by C. David McKirachan
Life From Death -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21, Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10, Psalm 51:1-17 -- Frank Ramirez, C. David Mckirachan -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 2017
Contents "Life from Death" by Frank Ramirez
Witness In The Wilderness -- John 4:5-42, Exodus 17:1-7 -- Peter Andrew Smith, C. David Mckirachan -- Third Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
Contents "Witness in the Wilderness" by Peter Andrew Smith
Your Staff Comforts Me -- Psalm 23, 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- C. David Mckirachan, Keith Wagner -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
Contents "Your Staff Comforts Me" by C. David McKirachan
Tidal Surge -- Matthew 21:1-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 31:9-16 -- C. David Mckirachan, Frank Ramirez -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2017
Contents "Tidal Surge" by C. David McKirachan
Light For The Darkness -- Matthew 4:12-23, Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- Keith Wagner, C. David Mckirachan -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2017
Contents "Light for the Darkness" by Keith Wagner
Lousy Way To Run A Business -- John 10:1-10, Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, Psalm 23 -- C. David Mckirachan, Frank Ramirez -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
Contents "Lousy Way to Run a Business" by C. David McKirachan
Intimacy -- John 17:1-11, Acts 1:6-14, 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11 -- C. David Mckirachan, Peter Andrew Smith -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
Contents "Intimacy" by C. David McKirachan
Going Native -- Matthew 10:24-39, Genesis 21:8-21, Romans 6:1b-11, Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17 -- C. David Mckirachan, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - A -- 2017
Contents "Going Native" by C. David McKirachan
The Pillow -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Genesis 28:10-19a, Romans 8:12-25, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- C. David Mckirachan, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2017
Contents "The Pillow" by C. David McKirachan

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Perks / Of Pens and Principalities -- John 20:19-31, Acts 4:32-35, 1 John 1:1--2:2, Psalm 133 -- C. David Mckirachan, Keith Hewitt -- Second Sunday of Easter - B -- 2018
Contents “Perks” by C. David McKirachan
Hoisted On Their Own Petard -- James 5:13-20, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Mark 9:38-50 -- C. David Mckirachan, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2018
Contents “Hoisted On Their Own Petard” by C. David McKirachan
These People Marvel at the Star / It's a Sure Thing -- Luke 21:25-36, Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Psalm 25:1-10 -- Frank Ramirez, C. David Mckirachan -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Contents “These People Marvel at the Star” by Frank Ramirez
Hook and Line -- Mark 1:14-20, 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 -- C. David Mckirachan -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - B -- 2018
Contents "Hook and Line" by C. David McKirachan
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