Pastoral Series

Reconciliation: Prayer is next…

Reconciliation: Prayer is next…    With this email, and then Dr. Christena Cleveland’s talk at 7pm this evening (when she’ll share from her dual perspective as a sociologist and theologian on why we suffer divisions in the church on issues like race, marriage and politics, and how we...

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Reconciliation: Cognitive Generousity

Reconciliation: Cognitive Generosity    In the harrowing Martin Scorsese film, “Silence,” the ex-priest Ferreira (played by Liam Neeson) assures the missionary zealot Fr. Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) that Christianity simply doesn’t work/won’t take in Japan.  The truth is, Christianity...

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Reconciliation: Whom are you defending?

Reconciliation: Whom are you defending?    When I hear people getting riled up about social, moral or political issues, I often want to intervene and ask “Whom are you defending?” Dr. Christena Cleveland will be with us next Monday.  I love the way she characterizes the way we get...

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Reconciliation: our witness to the world

Reconciliation:  our witness to the world    The godfather of modern evangelical thought, Francis Schaeffer, wrote these wise words:  “Love – and the unity it attests to – is the mark Christ gave Christians to wear before the world.  Only with this mark may the world know that...

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