The BIG ROCKS

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The BIG ROCKS

“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you as well.” Matthew 6: 33 A “Children’s Chat” that I … Learn more

This Week’s Assignment

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This Week’s Assignment

From Guest Writer: Rev. David Feltmen, Pastor to the Presbytery, North Central Iowa It’s an old preachers joke. The preacher says she will not begin preparation on her sermon … Learn more

Get Moving

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Get Moving

John records that Jesus talked explicitly about the coming of what he called the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, who would “teach you everything and remind you of … Learn more

I Believe in the Holy Spirit. Period?

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I Believe in the Holy Spirit. Period?

What do you say we all agree to put a period in the creeds immediately after professing our belief in the Holy Spirit? Wouldn’t that make life easier? Since many of us in mainline Protestant churches don’t know what to say about the third person of the Trinity, I think we would be perfectly happy stating our belief in the Holy Spirit and stopping there. Learn more

Manchester

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Manchester

It is another sad time in the world.  Names like Newtown, Charleston, and Columbine ring in our minds as we hear the name Manchester. Twenty-two people were … Learn more

It’s a Miracle

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It’s a Miracle

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Learn more

He Is Risen?

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He Is Risen?

I was greeting parishioners one Easter Sunday morning with a hearty, “Christ is Risen,” enjoying the joyous refrain, “He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!” Until I got to Bernice Knuckles (not her real name.) “Christ is Risen,” I exclaimed to her. She looked at me blankly for a long minute and finally replied, “Oh well, yes, I suppose so.” Learn more

The Resurrection

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The Resurrection

Guest Writer: The Rev. Carrie R. English Rector, Resurrection Episcopal Church, Jacksonville, FL Resurrection Episcopal Church is a Christian community Church dedicated to serving God and all creation. Learn … Learn more

The Hardest Truth

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The Hardest Truth

“There can be no liberty for a community which lacks the means by which to detect lies.” So wrote Walter Lippman in his famous 1920 book, Liberty and the News. Learn more

Experiments with Truth

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Experiments with Truth

When our Macedonian Ministry staff brainstormed “truth” as a topic of our February column for 2017 it was about two months before the Oxford dictionary declared that … Learn more

Washed into Remission

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Washed into Remission

My adventure with Serious Ju Ju skateboard ministry had evolved from spectator, to advocate, to volunteer. I guess at some point I went “all in.” Read more about Tom Esch's adventure. Learn more

The Adventure We Didn’t Know We Wanted

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The Adventure We Didn’t Know We Wanted

If we’re not careful, a Christian meditation on the theme of “adventure” can quickly devolve into shortsided idealism about the supposed excitement of following Jesus, how inherently adventurous it is to take risks for Jesus, or something of the sort. Learn more

The Roller Coaster Ride of Faith

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The Roller Coaster Ride of Faith

I hate roller coasters! I always have. They scare me to death. When our two sons were little, my wife Suzanne would take Ryan, our older son (who is now a Navy pilot) on the roller coaster while Toby, our younger son, and I would get ice cream! Learn more

Good Adventure to You

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Good Adventure to You

Garrison Keillor is credited with observing, “Nothing bad ever happens to writers. It’s all material.” By this he meant, of course, that it is from experiences, good … Learn more

Be Still and Behold the Mystery

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Be Still and Behold the Mystery

Resurrection makes a lot more sense to me than the Incarnation. In one sense, the logic of resurrection is rather simple: You’re dead, and then you’re risen from the dead. The widow of Zarephath's son was dead, and Elijah raised him. Learn more

More Than in the Manger

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More Than in the Manger

[info-box] Guest Writer: Rev. Shannon Spencer Chaplain, Swannanoa Correctional Center For Women Founding Executive Director, Asheville Poverty Initiative   [/info-box] Their names were Rose and Cliff. It was their first time joining us. They'd … Learn more

God With Skin On

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God With Skin On

Since the Council of Nicaea the global church has strongly affirmed that Jesus was fully human and fully Divine. Certainly this seasons of Advent and Christmas uphold … Learn more

Where Politics Happens

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Where Politics Happens

It is surely cliché at this point to say that the U.S. is politically polarized. This reality is corroborated not only by the daily experience of most Americans, including older generations of people who say they can hardly remember a more divided time, but also by ongoing research which demonstrates an increase in ideological “purity” and a decrease in bi-partisanship and political compromise in recent decades. Learn more

Faith and Politics

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Faith and Politics

From Guest Writer: Rev. Joseph F. Scrivner, Ph.D. Pastor of Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, Professor, Stillman College I’m a Christian. I believe God became a human being in Jesus … Learn more

It’s Not an Option

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It’s Not an Option

Tom Cousins, the Atlanta developer whose philanthropic heart has led him to dedicate his resources to breaking the cycle of poverty, told me about a dream he had one night. Learn more

The Overflow

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The Overflow

From Guest Writer: Sheldon McGorman Pastor of Watford City Assembly of God Church, Watford City, ND. Pastor Sheldon McGorman explores what is generosity and why it's so important to communicate … Learn more

Preach Like TED

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Preach Like TED

If I were to recommend one book this summer for you preachers, it would be Talk Like Ted: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top … Learn more

A Faithful Lack of Enthusiasm

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A Faithful Lack of Enthusiasm

“Why is it that we are so much busier than Jesus ever was?” This was the question Mark Danzey posed to a Macedonian Ministry cohort of pastors in Birmingham during a recent workshop on discipleship. Learn more

Give it a Rest!

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Give it a Rest!

“Once people feel nourished and refreshed, they cannot help but be kind; just so, the world aches for the generosity of a well-rested people.” — Wayne Muller “That … Learn more

Fear and Perfect Love

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Fear and Perfect Love

From Guest Writer: Rev. Jan Tolbert Associate Pastor First Presbyterian Church, Lagrange, GA I John 4.18: "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do … Learn more

Multi-ethnicity and Mission

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Multi-ethnicity and Mission

From Guest Writer: Corey Widmer is Senior Pastor of Third Church, Richmond VA and co-founder of East End Fellowship, a multicultural congregation. He discusses how racial diversity is crucial for missional credibility. Learn more

Change or Die

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Change or Die

Change or die. Allan Deutschman of Fast Company wrote his best-selling book by that title in response to a striking medical study which found that 90% of … Learn more

Seized By a Great Hope

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Seized By a Great Hope

Prolific theologian Jurgen Moltmann is known for his unyielding emphasis on hope as a central theme of Christian theology and also for the hopeless experiences from which … Learn more

Fanning the Flame

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Fanning the Flame

How can we spark a fire to bring hope to our community? Rev. Dr. Sue Westfall shares on story of hope that brought about transformational change in the most unlikely of places. Learn more

The Hospitable Church

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The Hospitable Church

A church that reflects the hospitality of Jesus could change the world; not with dogma, theology, edicts, worship styles, creeds or councils. Learn more from Rev. Dr. Steve Eason. Learn more