Pastoral Series - Tis the Season

After ‘Tis the Season: What’s Next?

Thursday, November 3 After ‘Tis the Season: What’s Next? Our series on being faithful during this election season is drawing to a close.  I hope in some way our time together has been helpful to you; I know it has been to me. Today I want to ask What’s Next? in two senses.  First: what’s…

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‘Tis the Season #27

‘Tis the Season #27: You’re Not Voting? More than in any election in my lifetime, I’ve heard so many people say “I just can’t vote for Trump or Clinton.”  Mind you, in 2012, 42% of Americans didn’t vote for Obama or Romney! and this figure is always worse in local elections.  Do Christians have an…

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‘Tis the Season #26

Thursday, October 27 ‘Tis the Season #26: Politics, Guns & Jesus (note to the reader: please know I have prayed, thought and listened carefully on this tough, emotional topic; I deeply respect all viewpoints, and am happy to bear correction; I only ask for kindness and some mutual reflection; I’ve shared this with quite a…

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‘Tis the Season #25

Monday, October 24 ‘Tis the Season #25: war When Jesus, God among us, was born, the angels sang “Peace on earth.”  Jesus grew up, and made peace with people who were at odds with one another.  Jesus said “Love your enemies,” and “Turn the other cheek.”  The prophet proclaimed that when the Messiah comes, “they…

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‘Tis the Season #24

Thursday, October 20 ‘Tis the Season #24: Immigration Nothing illustrates the inner conflicts Christians might experience, and the brutal truth that we live in a fallen world better, than the question of immigration. On the one hand, we are law and order people; we believe laws are to be obeyed – so all illegal immigrants,…

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‘Tis the Season #22

Thursday, October 13 ‘Tis the Season #22: Race A question many Americans will argue over is whether race should be “politicized.”  In ways we may not realize, race is and always has been a profoundly political thing – and Christianity does have and always has had an illuminating, true and helpful theological viewpoint on race. …

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‘Tis the Season #21

Monday, October 10 ‘Tis the Season #21: Regrouping, What’s Left, & What’s Next? Thank you for reading this series on how to keep your spiritual equilibrium during this election season, and how to think from a Christian perspective on the whole political process.  We have looked at things like how to listen, how to be…

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‘Tis the Season #20

Thursday, October 6 ‘Tis the Season #20: Politics and the Poor Shortly before his crucifixion, Jesus said “The poor will always be with you” (Mark 14:7).  He wasn’t saying Therefore ignore them, or There’s nothing you can do, or Blame them.  He was quoting Deuteronomy 15, where Moses clarifies that our work to care for…

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‘Tis the Season #19

Monday, October 3‘Tis the Season #19: the Church’s voice I have just completed two terms on my denomination’s General Board of Church & Society, our agency that strives to implement our Social Principles, through lobbying, advocacy, boycotts, and mission endeavors.  I am proud that our denomination cares enough about the realities of the world that…

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‘Tis the Season #18

Monday, September 26 ‘Tis the Season #18: Debates Tonight we will try to watch and absorb the first Clinton-Trump debate (or perhaps you feel you just can’t bear to watch).  When I was in 8th grade I joined a debate team, and there were pretty clear, reasonable rules regarding how to proceed, how rational arguments…

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