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Posts from November 2020

Sunday to Monday | Thankfully

Thankfully we live. In yesterday’s worship, Pastor Dave shared Luke 17:11-19 about the 10 lepers who were healed but one foreigner returned to give thanks. May we live with heads down in humility and prayer and hands up in gratitude. If you missed being with us check out photos here and watch here. See photos…

Grateful

I wanted to write today about being thankful and about gratitude, but I think you already know that being grateful brings so many good things to life. Instead, I will tell you that I am grateful for you. I am grateful to walk the faith journey with you. I thank God for your kindness, your…

What Holiday Is It?

Merry Christmas!!!  Oh wait, I mean, Happy Thanksgiving!!! With Christmas music already playing in stores and over the radio and Black Friday deals and steals going on everywhere, it may be easy to gloss right over the November holiday. In a world where our holiday traditions will not look the same for many of us and…

God’s Temperament

I was listening to a podcast this morning called The Bible for Normal People.  It is billed as “The only God ordained podcast on the internet.”  The hosts, Pete Enns and Jared Byas were interviewing Emilie Townes, a professor at Vanderbilt University Divinity School.  The topics were wide ranging, but one topic caught my attention.  Professor Townes spoke about…

All In

Dear Sinners and Saints, The great theologian Karl Barth was often accused of not being able to tell the difference between sinners outside of the church and the saints in the church, or even of having a more positive attitude about the ultimate fate of those outside the church than those who were in. Barth blurred the line between…

Sunday to all the days of our week

This past Sunday Pastor DJ used an Old Testament text to teach us about how God uses women leaders, how God’s got our back and we can reach out to have other’s backs. Deborah and Jael were watching out for the backs of the people in their tribe and they were blessed. If you missed…

Made for Togetherness

We were created by a loving God to be we, not me. We are made for goodness. We are made for love. We are made for friendliness. We are made for togetherness. Desmond Tutu We need each other to be our best, whole selves. Jesus said he would be with us always, but he also…

Finance Justice

Micah 6:8   “He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” This is a very familiar verse to most of us, with the prophet Micah telling the people of Israel, and us, that…

Normal Never Was

I so appreciated a quote shared during a recent podcast I listen to.  I share it with you, and I offer it as reflection and hope for our future, with God in our midst. Do your problems feel too big right now? Then your God is too small (Lucado, 2020).  Isn’t that an interesting way to consider…

What We Expect to See

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In the opening scene of the movie “Gladiator” (2000), General Maximus (Russell Crowe) shouts to his men , ”Unleash Hell!”, against the Visigoths. With great balls of fire crashing all around them , General Maximus feels the armor of someone brush up against his back. He whips around , expecting to…