Test data for FULLTEXT searching

MySQL’s FULLTEXT search feature works best when it’s used on a large corpus of text. That is, for best results you need many rows. When the text corpus is too small, full text searching often returns strange results: the indexing process tries to work out common words. If the amount of text being indexed is too small, some words that… Read more →

Conversations to open up the future in God’s realm

Grace, mercy, and peace be to you in the name of God, our creator, redeemer, and sustaining spirit. Amen. For the people of First Parish in Newbury. Conversations. Let’s have a conversation about conversations. Texts: Isaiah 7:10-16 Matthew 1:18-25 When I imagine God’s realm of peace, mercy, and justice, I imagine it’s buzzing with conversations. Maybe it’s like a café… Read more →

November 20, 2016. Sheep, or goat?

This sermon was delivered to First Parish Church, Newbury, Massachusetts. This service was partially led by the young women and men of the First Parish Sunday School Texts:  MATTHEW 22:36-40, 25:31-26:2 Grace, mercy, and peace to you, from Jesus our sovereign Lord, in the name of the Holy Spirit in the glory of God the creator of all that has… Read more →

October 30, 2016. Jesus Turns Evil to Good

This sermon was delivered to First Parish Church, Newbury Mass. Texts: Habbakuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4    Luke 19:1-10 p 78 (Zacchaeus) Grace to you and peace, from God our creator and our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Amen. In today’s Gospel, Jesus continues on his way to Jerusalem, to his confrontation with the temple authorities and the Roman regime, and from there… Read more →

October 9, 2016. Jesus Shakes Up our Communities of Suffering

The sermon was delivered for the people of Central Congregational Church in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Texts: Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7,  Luke 17:11-19 Grace to you, and peace, from God our creator and Jesus our redeemer. Amen. What’s in a number? Here in this former British colony when you hear “13” what does it mean? How about 50? Right, states.  1911? The year… Read more →