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Posts from August 2021

We Are All Human

So God created human beings in his own image.    In the image of God he created them;    male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 NLT We are created in God’s image.

Sunday to Monday | Hypocrites

We heard Mark 7:1-8 where Jesus was calling out the religious leaders for being frauds. They worshipped with their words but not their hearts. If you missed being with us, you can watch it here and see photos here. We reflect on Jesus’ words through our week’s conversations and meditations. Read Mark 7:1-8. How do…

Heart Welcome

Do you like to welcome guests into your home? I have come to love welcoming guests into my home, even though it’s smaller than many. But I still stress over how it looks, if it’s clean enough or good enough. I forget that people come to connect and build relationship.  A wise friend told me…

Sacred Hope

“Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together, whole, and holy in His presence.”  Colossians 1:22  The Message Sacred hope is different than being optimistic.  It’s not the same as wishing things could be different.  It’s easy to find myself wishing that the Taliban and Isis, would have a complete behavioral shift.  That Washington and state…

A Rising Tide of Silence

This afternoon I was reading a very short book called From the Mind to the Heart.  The book contains excerpts of a conversation between John Osborne and Father Thomas Keating.  Father Thomas was a Cistercian or Trappist monk which is an order of cloistered monastics.  Keating was known as one of the principal developers of Centering Prayer, a contemporary…

Humor & Joy

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,  “If you can start the day without caffeine,  If you can get going without pep pills,  If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,  If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,  If you can understand when your loved ones…

The Bible

August 24 is the day in 1456 the first Gutenberg Bible was completed in Mainz, Germany. It was the first volume printed with moveable metal type, and the press produced 180 copies. Gutenberg’s innovation was to streamline and synthesize already-existing techniques (assembling the type, folding the pages into folios, binding the volume) into an efficient…

Sunday to Monday | Odd

Followers of Jesus can be odd. Jesus turns things upside down, invites us to eat his flesh and drink his blood. Is being odd something we aspire to? If you weren’t able to be with us for worship yesterday, you can watch here and see photos here. Consider, reflect and discuss these issues from John…

Based on Hope

It’s easy to be disheartened these days. So much to be saddened, worried and anxious about from Afghanistan to Haiti to wildfires to the delta variant. Where do we find hope? Desmond Tutu says, Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” Easy for him to say, right?…

Making Time

It took me until the night before to write this. I have been busy and kept putting it off thinking on my day off I would take care of it. But on my day off I just wanted to relax and not do anything. So, I put off writing it again. And now that it’s…