Pastoral Series

New Series: Jesus’ Church

New Series: Jesus’ Church Monday, January 4, 2016 We’ve just completed four months of emails on the Lord’s Prayer, and we’ve barely scratched the surface.In so very few words, Jesus opened up to us a world of possibility in our relationship with God.The more deeply we are drawn into Jesus’ prayer, the more we realize…

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Growth in Faith

eGrowthInFaith – we begin Over the next few weeks, these emails will be devoted to the idea of Growth In Faith – which isn’t merely an idea, but our greatest privilege, our most meaningful adventure, something requiring much intentionality, effort and discipline, and revealing secret delights and considerable depth, purpose and wisdom.Too often we think…

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Apostles’ Creed

eApostles’ Creed 1 – Introduction – Growing into our Convictions  “Be ready to give an account for the hope that is in you, and do it with gentleness and reverence” (1 Peter 3:15).In ancient times, hundreds of Christians, under interrogation, refused to bow down to the empire’s gods, stood their ground and declared, “I believe…

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Best Ideas of Methodism

eBestIdeasOfMethodism – We Begin Happy Easter! I hope you have found our recent eThingsChristiansDo series, and then the daily installments of eHolyWeek to be beneficial in some way. It is a privilege for me to share ideas with you in this way. Speaking of shared ideas: I would like, over the next month, to share with you what I…

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Lord, Have Mercy

Lord, Have Mercy: Ash Wednesday  Ash Wednesday seems like a day of morose guilt – but there is a hidden joy, hidden beneath the mark of the ashes we receive in worship.  Cain sinned terribly against Abel his brother, and God; God marked him on the forehead, partly indicating his guilt, but also to be…

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Mardi Gras and Mercy

You Shall Love: Mardi Gras…and Mercy It’s Mardi Gras!  In New Orleans it’s a time for costumes, masks, parades, balls, and some kooky debauchery in a carnival atmosphere.  At our church, it’s comparatively tranquil: we eat pancakes.Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday – so we overindulge a bit, perhaps in the very things we intend to…

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Your Neighbor As Yourself

You Shall Love: Your Neighbor as Yourself In Leviticus 19, God could have just said “Love your neighbor.”  But God added “…as yourself.”  I’ve heard it said that you can’t love others until you love yourself, and I have some sympathy with this idea:  if I’m mired in self-pity or if I’m glum about me,…

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Your Neighbor

You Shall Love: Your Neighbor When asked “What is the greatest commandment?” Jesus plucked a pair out of the Scriptures.  I suspect he didn’t think of them as two separate things, but as one, or the same thing from two perspectives.  We love God when we love the neighbor; we love the neighbor when we…

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Strength Perfected

You Shall Love: Strength Perfected When asked “What is the greatest commandment?” Jesus plucked a pair out of the Scriptures.  I suspect he didn’t think of them as two separate things, but as one, or the same thing from two perspectives.  We love God when we love the neighbor; we love the neighbor when we…

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Strength

You Shall Love: Strength When I was in high school, everyone had some vague impressions about one another.  He’s athletic.  She’s smart.  He’s clever.  She’s talented.  He’s… well, we just don’t see much in him.But everyone has strengths, and something as simple as “She’s smart” is more complex than we realize.  She’s smart in math…

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