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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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The Flower -- John 11:32-44, Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9, Revelation 21:1-6a, Psalm 24 -- Keith Hewitt, Peter Andrew Smith, C. David Mckirachan -- All Saints Day - B -- 2012
Contents"The Flower" by Keith Hewitt
How Sharp Are Your Knives? -- Mark 12:28-34, Ruth 1:1-18, Hebrews 9:11-14, Psalm 146 -- C. David Mckirachan, Lamar Massingill -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - B -- 2012
Contents"How Sharp Are Your Knives?" by C. David McKirachan
Going For The Goal Line -- Mark 1:29-39, Isaiah 40:21-31, 1 Corinthians 9:16-23, Psalm 147:1-11, 20c -- C. David Mckirachan, Alex A. Gondola, Jr., John E. Sumwalt, Constance Berg -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - B -- 2012
Contents "She Served Them" by C. David McKirachan
Just A Kid -- Mark 4:35-41, 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49, 2 Corinthians 6:1-13, Psalm 9:9-20 -- C. David Mckirachan, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 2012
Contents"Just a Kid" by C. David McKirachan
God Bless Our Gracious Leader -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20), Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Psalm 96 -- Sandra Herrmann, C. David Mckirachan -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2012
Contents"God Bless Our Gracious Leader" by Sandra Herrmann
How The Mighty Have Fallen -- Mark 6:1-13, 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10, 2 Corinthians 12:2-10, Psalm 48 -- Frank Ramirez, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - B -- 2012
Contents"How the Mighty Have Fallen" by Frank Ramirez
We Get Ashes? -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21, Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10, Psalm 51:1-17 -- C. David Mckirachan, Lamar Massingill -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 2012
Contents"We Get Ashes?" by C. David McKirachan
The Test -- John 2:13-22, Exodus 20:1-17, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, Psalm 19 -- Keith Hewitt, C. David Mckirachan -- Third Sunday in Lent - B -- 2012
Contents"The Test" by Keith Hewitt "Glory Days" by C. David McKirachan
Questions For Lunch -- John 12:20-33, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Hebrews 5:5-10, Psalm 51:1-12 -- Keith Hewitt, C. David Mckirachan -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2012
Contents"Questions for Lunch" by Keith Hewitt
Regrets -- John 13:1-17, 31b-35, Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10) 11-14, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 -- Keith Hewitt, C. David Mckirachan, Sandra Herrmann, Frank Ramirez -- Maundy Thursday - B -- 2012
Contents"Regrets" by Keith Hewitt "Incarnation" by C. David McKirachan
Incarnation -- John 18:1--19:42, Isaiah 52:13--53:12, Hebrews 10:16-25, Psalm 22 -- C. David Mckirachan, Sandra Herrmann, Frank Ramirez, Keith Hewitt -- Good Friday - B -- 2012
Contents"Regrets" by Keith Hewitt "Incarnation" by C. David McKirachan
Back From The Dead -- John 20:1-18, Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Frank Ramirez, Keith Hewitt, C. David Mckirachan, Sandra Herrmann -- Easter Day - B -- 2012
Contents"Regrets" by Keith Hewitt "Incarnation" by C. David McKirachan
Rauch -- John 20:19-23, Acts 2:1-21, 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b -- C. David Mckirachan, David O. Bales -- Day of Pentecost - A -- 2011
Contents"Rauch" by C. David McKirachan "Claustrophobia" by David O. Bales
Standardized Testing -- Matthew 10:40-42, Genesis 22:1-14, Romans 6:12-23, Psalm 13 -- C. David Mckirachan, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2011
Contents"Standardized Testing" by C. David McKirachan
Restoring The Birthright -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Frank Ramirez, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2011
Contents"Restoring the Birthright" by Frank Ramirez
Jerry Springer -- Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52, Genesis 29:15-28, Romans 8:26-39, Psalm 105:1-11, 45b -- C. David Mckirachan, Larry Winebrenner, Keith Hewitt -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - A -- 2011
Contents"Jerry Springer" by C. David McKirachan
Nice Feet! -- Matthew 14:22-33, Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28, Romans 10:5-15, Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b -- C. David Mckirachan, David O. Bales -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A -- 2011
Contents"Nice feet!" by C. David McKirachan
Verbs And Nouns -- Matthew 16:21-28, Exodus 3:1-15, Romans 12:9-21, Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45b -- C. David Mckirachan, Larry Winebrenner, Keith Hewitt -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2011
Contents"Verbs and Nouns" by C. David McKirachan
The Mercy Seat -- Matthew 18:21-35, Exodus 14:19-31, Romans 14:1-12, Psalm 114 -- Keith Hewitt, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2011
Contents"The Mercy Seat" by Keith Hewitt
Gentlemen's Game -- Matthew 21:33-46, Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 -- C. David Mckirachan, Larry Winebrenner, Sandra Herrmann -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - A -- 2011
Contents"Gentlemen's Game" by C. David McKirachan
Loving Neighbors, Killing Neighbors -- Matthew 22:34-46, Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 -- John E. Sumwalt, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2011
Contents"Loving Neighbors, Killing Neighbors" by John Sumwalt
Safe And Found -- Matthew 25:31-46, Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24, Ephesians 1:15-23, Psalm 100 -- Peter Andrew Smith, C. David Mckirachan -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 2011
Contents"Safe and Found" by Peter Andrew Smith
I'll Be The One In Black -- Luke 2:22-40, Isaiah 61:10--62:3, Galatians 4:4-7, Psalm 148 -- C. David Mckirachan, Sandra Herrmann, David O. Bales -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B -- 2011
Contents"I'll Be the One in Black" by C. David McKirachan
Choose Life -- Matthew 5:21-37, Deuteronomy 30:15-20, 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, Psalm 119:1-8 -- C. David Mckirachan, Frank Ramirez -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - A -- 2011
Contents"Choose Life" by C. David McKirachan
Written -- Matthew 17:1-9, Exodus 24:12-18, 2 Peter 1:16-21, Psalm 2 -- David O. Bales, C. David Mckirachan -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2011
Contents"Written" by David O. Bales
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