Tag Archives: church

What The Church Needs

In a meeting with my pastor, I heard that the congregation I belong to, PCUSA would lose a projected 100,000 members just in this year alone. So, it got me thinking what does the church need. My initial answer was to chuck the book of Order to do away with traditional ways. I figured the …

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The Time Is Now

In my reading during this past week, I came across a phrase. The context or book isn’t important, because it got me thinking beyond the authors point. The phrase is the time is now. I have been mulling over what is time is for? The time is now for bible study. Everyone should just pick …

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My Faith Journey

As many of you may know, I am making plans on attending Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. I am in the final stages of being accepted. The following is the essay I wrote to describe myself and what I want to study. I am sharing it, so you, dear reader will understand me and what to …

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Esther Chapter 8

Chapter 8 may allows us to talk about the role of human government. One could argue that one lesson that can be learned from the book of Esther is that there is no certainty in human governments and that our confidence should rest in God (and Christ) alone. I think that too many in the …

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Bible As A 6-Act Story

Through the reading a few a books and study I have begun to see the Bible as a story told in six acts. I would like to share it with you. N. T. Wright says we fail to see the bible as a whole. We often only hear or read chunks and not the entirety …

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Thanks Be To God

At my church after a scripture reading we say Thanks be to God. I have always found this short one sentence prayer to be meaningful.  I am not one for high church. I don’t particularly like all the standing and sitting, singing hymns, and most of what goes into the traditional church service. I only …

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Beyond Church As Usual

In the Gospels, Jesus continually makes the point that salvation is not dependent on worldly status or religious observance. Jesus reveals in story after story that God purposely chooses the stranger, outcast, foreigner, sick and unclean—the wrong people—to show the limitless, unconditional, boundless nature of God’s love for everyone.  Jesus shatters the common assumption that …

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Hark! The Herald Angel Sings!

Everywhere we go right now, we hear Christmas music. It plays in shopping malls, department stores, and coffee shops as background noise. It’s piped in everywhere, used to sell products, and to spur us to go shopping and give to charities. I find myself singing or humming along with it. I like Christmas music, or …

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World Communion Sunday 2012

October 7th is World Communion Sunday, so I thought I would share my thoughts on what it means to partake of communion and how this ancient ritual impinges on our faith and life. I have been writing about the Eucharist not because I am a pastor or theologian, because I am not. I am a …

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Community of Grace

The kind of community I envision would be a community of grace and peace, of love and hope. A safe place to get help and not be judged for bad choices and be taught new and better ways to live. A safe place to wrestle with, challenge, and openly state your problems, issues, troubles, hang-ups, …

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