I received what was called a local preacher’s license in 1952, when I was only 17 years old. That means I have been at…
Gathering in Worship Again: Ways to Mark Change
As many congregations return to gathering in new or partial ways after a period of virtual worship, there are both logistical challenges and shepherding…
Joy Is a Verb
I’m not going to lie - finding joy during 2020 was difficult for me. I suspect many of you may have found that challenging…
In Peace: An Advent Benediction
Go in peace,Remembering that the Christ who was King and is King and will forever be KingWas born not to a family of nobles…
The Startling Poetry of Madeleine L’Engle
It is startling to encounter words that easily puncture what troubles us, in a moment aching for the holy iconoclasm of the poetry of Madeleine L’Engle.
Jackson Lashier ~ Seeing God’s Glory at a Feast
According to John’s Gospel, the first miracle Jesus performs in his public ministry is to turn water into wine at a wedding. John’s Gospel calls the miracles “signs” because through them we see the glory of God. This sign meant seeing God’s glory at a feast – a wedding banquet.
Aaron Perry ~ What a Baby Uncovers: The Judgment of Advent
“Advent is not simply an invitation to set our houses in order for his birth. Advent is an urgent opportunity to set our houses in order for Jesus’ return. By taking the opportunity to rightly order our lives, we may anticipate the glorious return of Jesus joyfully.”
James Petticrew ~ Squeezing Jesus Out of the Church
“When Christ is squeezed from the Body of Christ by our own priorities and agenda as a congregation or through our busyness as leaders or disciples, what is left is little more than a corpse masquerading as a church.”
Shalom Liddick & Mike Liddick ~Extravagant Praise
‘Whenever we recognize who God is, we are praising him.”
Priscilla Hammond ~ How Church Personalities Reveal Epiphany Living
Churches have personalities, expressed through their organization, Christian education
processes, preaching, and worship. Each can have strengths and challenges, but the diversity is reflective of the differences we see in people, including the
Instead of focusing on which
organizational structure or form of worship we prefer, we need to ask if our church is manifesting Christ to the world.