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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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House Guests -- John 14:23-29, Acts 16:9-15, Revelation 21:10, 22--22:5, Psalm 67 -- C. David Mckirachan, Peter Andrew Smith -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
Contents"House Guests" by C. David McKirachan
Off The Wagon -- John 14:8-17 (25-27), Acts 2:1-21, Romans 8:14-17, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b -- C. David Mckirachan, Keith Hewitt -- Day of Pentecost - C -- 2013
Contents"Off the Wagon" by C. David McKirachan "7C" by Keith Hewitt
Ruining A Good Funeral -- Luke 7:11-17, 1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24), Galatians 1:11-24, Psalm 146 -- C. David Mckirachan, John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2013
Contents"Ruining a Good Funeral" by C. David McKirachan
Picking Up The Mantle -- Luke 9:51-62, 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- C. David Mckirachan, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2013
Contents"Picking Up the Mantle" by C. David McKirachan
Prophet -- Luke 10:25-37, Amos 7:7-17, Colossians 1:1-14, Psalm 82 -- Keith Hewitt, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - C -- 2013
Contents"Prophet" by Keith Hewitt "Getting Mugged" by C. David McKirachan
Putting On Christ -- Luke 12:13-21, Hosea 11:1-11, Colossians 3:1-11, Psalm 107:1-9, 43 -- Peter Andrew Smith, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 2013
Contents"Putting on Christ" by Peter Andrew Smith
Bucking The System -- Luke 13:10-17, Jeremiah 1:4-10, Hebrews 12:18-29, Psalm 71:1-6 -- C. David Mckirachan, Sandra Herrmann -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2013
Contents"Bucking the System" by C. David McKirachan
Unchained Poet -- Luke 14:25-33, Jeremiah 18:1-11, Philemon 1:1-21, Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 -- Frank Ramirez, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - C -- 2013
Contents"Unchained Poet" by Frank Ramirez
Good Investment -- Luke 16:19-31, Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15, 1 Timothy 6:6-19, Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16 -- C. David Mckirachan, Keith Wagner -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2013
Contents"Good Investment" by C. David McKirachan
You've Got To Be Kidding -- Luke 17:11-19, Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7, 2 Timothy 2:8-15, Psalm 66:1-12 -- C. David Mckirachan, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - C -- 2013
Contents"You've Got to Be Kidding" by C. David McKirachan
Who, Me? -- Luke 6:20-31, Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18, Ephesians 1:11-23, Psalm 149 -- C. David Mckirachan, Peter Andrew Smith -- All Saints Day - C -- 2013
Contents"Who, Me?" by C. David McKirachan
The Greatest Generation -- Luke 20:27-38, Haggai 1:15b--2:9, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17, Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21 -- John Fitzgerald, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - C -- 2013
Contents"The Greatest Generation" by John Fitzgerald
Growing Beyond Success -- Luke 23:33-43, Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 1:68-79 -- C. David Mckirachan, Keith Hewitt -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2013
Contents"Growing Beyond Success" by C. David McKirachan
A Christmas Reminder -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- John E. Sumwalt, C. David Mckirachan -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
Contents"A Christmas Reminder" by John Sumwalt
Holding Back The Waters -- John 15:9-17, Acts 10:44-48, 1 John 5:1-6, Psalm 98 -- C. David Mckirachan, Peter Andrew Smith -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2012
Contents"Holding Back the Waters" by C. David McKirachan
Best Of Storyshare For Pentecost Day, Cycle B -- Acts 2:1-21, Romans 8:22-27, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b -- John E. Sumwalt, Lamar Massingill, C. David Mckirachan, Frank R. Fisher, Sil Galvan -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 2012
What's Your Theme? -- John 6:1-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, Psalm 14 -- C. David Mckirachan, Lamar Massingill -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2012
Contents "What's Your Theme?" by C. David McKirachan
The Best Defense -- John 6:56-69, 1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43, Ephesians 6:10-20, Psalm 84 -- C. David Mckirachan, Lamar Massingill -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B -- 2012
Contents"The Best Defense" by C. David McKirachan
Civility -- John 6:34, 41-51, Ephesians 4:25--5:2, Psalm 130 -- Lamar Massingill, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B -- 2012
Contents"Civility" by Lamar Massingill
Mind Your Thumbs -- Mark 8:27-38, Proverbs 1:20-33, James 3:1-12, Psalm 19 -- Peter Andrew Smith, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - B -- 2012
Contents"Mind Your Thumbs" by Peter Andrew Smith
Family -- Mark 9:38-50, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Psalm 124 -- C. David Mckirachan, Lamar Massingill, John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2012
Contents"Family" by C. David McKirachan
Ministers Are Not Messiahs -- Mark 10:35-45, Job 38:1-7 (34-41), Hebrews 5:1-10, Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c -- Lamar Massingill, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - B -- 2012
Contents"Ministers Are Not Messiahs" by Lamar Massingill
The Flower -- Mark 10:46-52, Job 42:1-6, 10-17, Hebrews 7:23-28, Psalm 34:1-8 (19-22) -- Keith Hewitt, Peter Andrew Smith, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - B -- 2012
Contents"The Flower" by Keith Hewitt
The Flower -- John 8:31-36, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Romans 3:19-28, Psalm 46 -- Keith Hewitt, Peter Andrew Smith, C. David Mckirachan -- Reformation Sunday - B -- 2012
Contents"The Flower" by Keith Hewitt
Pile Of Camels -- Matthew 2:1-12, Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 -- C. David Mckirachan, Lamar Massingill -- Epiphany of the Lord - A -- 2012
Contents"Pile of Camels" by C. David McKirachan
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