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Jubilee Update

About 7 years ago, we began making plans for a church-wide Sabbath and also for my own pastoral sabbatical.  We are now nearing the halfway point of our Jubilee year and beginning January 1st, I will begin a two-month sabbatical.  During this time, I will pursue a Biblical study project (involving comic book artists and…

Unmistakable Love

This coming Sunday, we will celebrate the love that came down at Christmas.  Someone rewrote the love chapter (1 Cor. 13) as a reminder of what Christmas is really all about:             “If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows and strands of twinkling lights, but do not show love to my family, I’m…

A Christmas Prayer

The Christmas season can be difficult for lots of reasons. For those who are struggling, I share “A Christmas Prayer,” by Dorothy Hsu: “It’s Christmas, Lord, the Season to be jolly and all that.  But some of us are not so jolly.  It’s time for families to be together, time to sing ‘I’ll be home…

Sisters…

Sisters are the best! This past weekend I traveled back “home” for my niece’s bridal shower.            Prior to going south my sister Julie, aka “Jules”, invited me to stay with her if I was planning to stay the night. My original plan was to make the trip in one day, but who can turn…

Sweeping Through the Day

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching – a time when we turn again to the One from whom “all our blessings flow.”  More than any other holiday, thanksgiving asks us to look inward, because real gratitude is not dependent on our circumstances, but on our attitude.  My favorite Thanksgiving reading comes from the poet Henry Ward Beecher,…

Defiled

A few years ago, I discovered I’m sensitive to shellfish. Not allergic, as in hives and wheezing. Instead, I get violently ill. I remember the night well. Because of a few incidents I’d had with shrimp in the past I suspected I might have an issue. But when that big, delicious lobster was put in…

Crazy Brave

Last month, I had the honor to join the 5th-8th grade youth groups at the Grand Theater to hear Former American Idol contestant, Dave Pitmann in concert. Dave wrote the song Crazy Brave after he went to audition for season 9 of American Idol. He shares that we have a purpose to step out of…

What We Believe

In the Christian Church, we don’t believe in using creeds as a requirement for membership.  However, we do have a beautiful statement of faith.  Adopted in 1968, the Preamble of the Design reads:    “As members of the Christian Church, we confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and proclaim him…

On Not Going Home

Last week a prominent theologian was asked to offer a two word opinion of the preacher Beth Moore. And in response, he said “Go Home.” This is enough to get me a bit worked up. But Moore responded with compassion and grace, saying her calling is not to man, but to God.             We here…

Change Your World

The fact is… we can’t change anyone but ourselves.  The Good News, however, is that when we do allow God to transform us – it has a significant impact on the people around us.  In something called “Family System Theory,” it’s been shown that when one part of a system gets healthy, ultimately the whole…