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Act Like Men

Act Like Men

"Then, when I arrive, I will give letters of introduction to the men you approve and send them with your gift to Jerusalem."  1 Corinthians 16:3 “Act like men.” Fewer three-word sentences in the Bible can generate more discussion and debate than this sentence can. Do...

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

If you have gone into a restaurant or waited in line at the post office lately, you may have noticed that there are significant staffing shortages. Some restaurants have gone so far as to offer people $50 simply to apply for a job. There is great demand for good...

Maundy Thursday & The Marketplace

Maundy Thursday & The Marketplace

The marketplace is always buzzing with activity. It can push us to feel hurried and anxious. It can tempt us to start setting priorities in line with its prevailing values of profit and loss. With these pressures, especially in the past year, we could let them dictate...

God Made Us for Community, Not Just Efficiency

God Made Us for Community, Not Just Efficiency

COVID has accelerated a lot of conversations about how and where we do our work. Since it has been required for many, one of those conversations is working from home vs the office. It absolutely might be more efficient. Whether it is or not may very much depend on the...

Do Not Fear. Only Believe.

Do Not Fear. Only Believe.

Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” And he went...

We Don’t Suffer Alone

We Don’t Suffer Alone

Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word. You are good and do good; teach me your statutes. It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes. The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces....

COVID Proofing Your Hope

COVID Proofing Your Hope

What a year we have had. We have run out of adjectives to describe the situation which the pandemic and shutdown have produced. Virtually every aspect of our lives has been touched in this season. There are concerns about health and fears about death.  Concerns about...

E Pluribus Unum; Out of the Many, One

E Pluribus Unum; Out of the Many, One

There is a question from ancient philosophy called “the one and the many” problem. Though most people recoil at the mention of philosophy, it is important because we are living through this question today. What is true? Are we many, divided as many different people...

May 5, 2020

May 5, 2020

“For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ… Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; 3 praying at the...

Three Ways of Making the Most of this Moment

Three Ways of Making the Most of this Moment

“Whatever you eat, or whatever you drink, or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.” (1 Cor 10:31) With most of the nation and world in some degree of lockdown due to the Coronavirus, we are now in an unprecedented and unusual situation. With most people...

4 Ways to Respond in Crisis

4 Ways to Respond in Crisis

As I am writing this, there is a widespread concern about the Coronavirus. We should take precautions and be thoughtful about danger. At the same time, there is now a secondary epidemic of talk and worry about the virus. At a time like this it is important to reflect...

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