Praying Without Words . . .

Posted in Christian Living on June 20th, 2009 by (973 views)
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It has been a full year since I (James) began as a pastor at SPCC, and I’ve spent some time reflecting on that year. One thing that struck me is that I had come from a church that emphasized listening for God to speak and believing that God still spoke through what they called prophecy, […]

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Children of Beslan documentary

Posted in Church Life, Sermon Snippets on June 14th, 2009 by (1,088 views)
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In church on Sunday, June 14, we looked at Jesus’ teaching from the Sermon on the Mount about turning the other cheek (see Matthew 5:38-42). Before the sermon, we played an 11 minute clip of the BBC documentary about the Beslan school siege and massacre. Here is the entire film cut into two parts. Please […]

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Rich Mullins: A Man I Wish I Knew

Posted in Christian Living, Thinking Theologically on June 10th, 2009 by (5,590 views)
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I often talk about how much my life has been influenced by the life and words of the late Rich Mullins. Rich wrote many songs you may know, like “Awesome God,” “Hold Me, Jesus,” and “Sometimes by Step.” At Bible study tonight I talked about how Rich Mullins gave his life fully to the service […]

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Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Posted in Benedictions on June 10th, 2009 by (1,021 views)
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We have used this prayer as a benediction both in spoken word and as a song. Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is […]

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Hauerwas: Cynicism and Truth-Telling

Posted in Thinking Theologically on June 3rd, 2009 by (2,489 views)
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Over the past two days I’ve been re-watching a lecture given by theologian and professor Stanley Hauerwas on Dietrich Bonhoeffer‘s views on truth and politics. Here are some nuggets worth considering that come from about 40 minutes into the video. ———— While speaking about the idea that to be able to tell the truth requires […]

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