Beyond giving up chocolate – Some paths to Spiritual Growth during Lent

Posted in Christian Living, Church Life on March 3rd, 2014 by (940 views)
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Unlike many of the members of my church congregation, I did grow up observing Lent, since that is part of the Presbyterian tradition where I was raised in the faith.  At my church, around this time of year, we talked about what we could “give up” for Lent.   One year when I was a […]

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Stay Home Black Friday

Posted in Christian Living, Thinking Theologically on November 20th, 2012 by (1,106 views)
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One of the oldest tricks in the book is to offer something for a reduced price for a limited time.  The reduced price grabs your interest, you say, “I’d like a new T.V. but they’re out of my price range;” the reduced or sale price brings it in just a little closer. And then there […]

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Why We Observe Ash Wednesday

Posted in Church Life on February 27th, 2011 by (2,959 views)
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So, why have I had us observe Ash Wednesday (and Lent) the past several years? The short answer is because we need a day like Ash Wednesday. We need a day that forces us to examine ourselves before God. We need a day that forces us to remember that we are dearly loved creations of God, but nothing more. We are not gods. We are made, created, and given life by the Maker, Creator, and Giver of Life. We need a day to hear God say, “Remember, O man, that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19). This is why we have ashes smudged onto our foreheads. We need it.

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The Words of Fools

Posted in Christian Living, The Bible Says... on October 28th, 2009 by (1,101 views)
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This past Sunday in my sermon, I eluded to the fact that we are a part of a society that likes to talk, talk, talk–unceasingly expressing our unsolicited opinions. We put our opinions out into the world as if the world depends on them, as if people desperately need to hear from us. What may […]

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Is this what I signed up for?

Posted in Christian Living on September 18th, 2009 by (964 views)
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I think many times we want our faith to be a natural and spontaneous response to how great we feel, particularly in relation to God. Problem is we often end up either ignoring God if things are good or complaining to God in frustration when things don’t go our way. However, one word that has […]

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