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The Rev. Dr. Stephen Chapin Garner

Chapin is a native New Yorker, having grown up over the border from New Canaan in Westchester County. His greatest passions in life are being a husband, father, and pastor.

Chapin is a graduate of Boston University School of Theology, and he holds Doctor of Ministry degree in preaching from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has served as a pastor at the Village Church in Wellesley, Massachusetts and the United Church of Christ in Norwell, Massachusetts.

Chapin has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alban Institute, an adjunct faculty member in homiletics at Boston University School of Theology and General Theological Seminary, and a resident preacher at the Church at Point O’Woods in Fire Island.

Chapin’s books & plays include:

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Chapin Garner. Senior Minister

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Chapin Garner
Senior Minister

(203) 966-2651, x1
chapin@godsacre.org

Daily Devotion

Read: Matthew 12:1–14

For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath. Matthew 12:8

There were rules that governed Sabbath in Jesus’ time. You couldn’t work on the Sabbath. You couldn’t enjoy recreational activities. It wasn’t even clear if you could help an ailing animal or human being that was suffering on the Sabbath—which appears to have made absolutely no sense to Jesus. Who was the Sabbath for anyway? Human beings or God—or both? And if the Sabbath had anything to do with glorifying God, did the Son of God not have the right to do the…

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