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15 Aug Hopeful Waiting

This summer I have been preaching through the Minor Prophets.  There are twelve of these Old Testament books, and they are called “minor” not because of their relative importance, but because of their length.  I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and I’ve learned a lot. ...

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13 Aug Fall Worship Series: Walking Wet

Fall Worship Schedule 2019 “Walking Wet” series Coming this Fall:  "Walking Wet".  Water plays a central role in the stories of scripture, from the chaotic waters of creation, to the River of Life in Revelation, where chaos is no more.  Sometimes there is too much water (think Noah);...

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08 Aug Church, Do Not Despair!

Much has been made of the decline of the Church, particularly mainline churches, over the past several decades.   Dropping attendance, inability to maintain buildings and property, loss of influence in the public sphere, the emergence of the “spiritual but not religious”—take your pick, there...

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01 Aug Staying in My Lane

Last week I wrote about the phrase “a new normal” and how it has unceremoniously (and without invitation) dumped itself into my life.  This week I want to continue my “phraseology” theme by considering what it means to “stay in my own lane.” We all know...

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25 Jul A New Normal

A“new normal.”  Are you familiar with that phrase?  I seem to have become intimately acquainted with it in recent months, far more than I would have preferred. The lab report comes back positive.  Big new words are spoken, a diagnosis received, shock absorbed.  There was life...

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19 Jul God’s Presence, Grace Unleashed

One of the truisms of life is that to achieve anything of significance, consistency is required over a long period of time. To be in good shape physically, we have to maintain a regular exercise regimen and make healthy food choices not just for one...

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12 Jul Jonah: Digging in our Heels

Water is an integral part of summer.  Kids splashing in the neighborhood pool; fishing and boating; slip-n-slides and water parks; beach vacations; “noodles” and boogie boards; jet skis and water skis; watering parched plants and parched bodies.  As both necessity and pleasure, water is a...

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04 Jul Happy Independence Day! 

Amidst all the flags and parades, watermelon and hot dogs, sparklers and fire crackers, and time with family and friends that we will enjoy today, I hope you will also take time to think about your many blessings and to say a word of thanks. After...

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27 Jun In the Absence of Proof

I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining. And I believe in love, even when there’s no one there. And I believe in God, even when God is silent. These words, attributed to an unknown prisoner in one of the Word War II concentration camps,...

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