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Great Thanksgiving

I went to a church for a time, that whenever they had communion, once a month or so, they would say together this thing called the Great Thanksgiving. I never remember how it goes, but there’s this one part I really like, that says “it is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and…

The Church

Right now, as I write, it’s about 10am on a Tuesday morning. And we have about a dozen or more people buzzing around the church working on various mission projects for the church and community. The men of Fellowship of Carpenter’s are in the back fixing and polishing up beds for those in the community…

Community

People need people. There’s a Streisand song in there somewhere, but it’s truer than we may know. I can recount a number of times in my life, where if it weren’t for the church, I don’t know how we would’ve made it… Maybe you’ve experienced the same. And if you haven’t yet, come, and see.…

Liminal Space

The trusty Dictionary says that “liminal” means “of, relating to, or being an intermediate state, phase, or condition.” I looked up this word “liminal” just to be sure I was using it right, and I may or may not be. But I wanna think about this in-between space anyway. This space after something has finished…

Bethany Fellows

This past week I was able to step away from the office and attend a Continuing education/Spiritual retreat for young ministers throughout the United States. It’s called Bethany Fellows, and it is so wonderfully good for me and my soul. You can go to www.bethanyfellows.org for more information about it, and even contribute to this…

Freedom

The meal that became “the Last Supper” for Jesus, the Gospel of Mark says, was to be a Passover meal. The Passover celebration is to be a reminder that God’s people were freed from slavery. At Passover the people have said for generations, “Why is this night different than other nights?” And the response is…

Time.

It’s the beginning of a new year. And so the last couple weeks I’ve been looking at the calendar for the year, making sure we’re planning ahead for things to come. If you don’t, things will sneak up on you and catch you by surprise! This unfolding year for me will see, the coming birth…

The Solid Rock

There’s an old hymn you may know that goes “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.” It’s not just a hymn though, it’s true. The more I study and reflect on the Jesus we learn about in the gospels, the more it becomes clear to me the difficulty of…

Thank You!

Just this past Saturday, six wonderful hostesses, and the women of First Christian church threw a baby shower for our family, and our coming little one. I’ve known that God is good, I’ve said it a hundred or a thousand times. God is good. But let me tell you, when the church decides that it…