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November 7, 2017

Church safety:  what we all can do

In the wake of the tragic church shooting in Texas, every congregation should ask, “What should we do?”  The short answer:  listen. Violence is often the product of unexpressed anger and frustration.  The greatest gift you can offer someone is to listen to them, even as they express emotions that are hard to hear.  There […]

October 19, 2017

Faith Works

How does faith develop into action?  That’s a complicated question, but sometimes we follow patterns. Calling can be thoughts, emotions, and other responses to our environment.  In the Bible, people hear God calling through dreams, spoken and written words, and signs.  Some calls are to action; others to repentance; still others to prayer.  Calling may […]

October 11, 2017

The Uninvited Guests

How does the parable of the wedding banquet make you feel?  At first glance, God is portrayed as a king who throws a party for his son, and punishes those who refuse to attend.  There’s violence, mistreatment and destruction—talk about a dinner party gone bad!  Then there’s the man not wearing a wedding robe that […]

October 3, 2017

A response to the tragedy in Las Vegas

If all behavior has meaning, what does the violence in Las Vegas say?  A commentary about behavior should not detract from expressions of grief, lament, and support for all affected.  The violent act itself may be interpreted as a statement to which the church responds.  While nothing changes the tragic outcome of violence, what distinguishes […]

April 13, 2017

Death, resurrection, and everything in between

Easter weekend marks seasons of life:  death, waiting, and re-birth.  Participating in Easter weekend services is acknowledgment of the fragility of life, the mystery of waiting, and the wonder of re-birth. The Fragility of life.  An organism can only thrive within tightly defined parameters.  Even the Son of God had to eat, sleep, and work […]

March 10, 2017

Notes on forgiveness

If you’re working on forgiving someone, write the person’s name as an acrostic word.  Compose a prayer for the person by incorporating their name into the prayer. An example:  a person named “John” caused you pain and offense.  Begin by writing John’s name: J o h n Now compose a prayer such as this: Jesus, […]

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