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The OWG Challenge

“To get more of an understanding of why those who rail against equality and full inclusion of people of color, LGBTQ people, women, and foreign- born people in our society, I began to engage with some who are angry about the origins of that anger. Doing so was enlightening and engenders some sympathy for them in my own thinking.”

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Preparing for Good Friday

“The choice we Christians face this Lent is to confront the heritage from the past and its impact or to be silent. For the faithful who have heard over many years the Passion according to John, it can be heard differently this Good Friday. To the seeker who might hear this narrative rarely or even for the first time in our church, what must we say? What will we choose to say— in writing?”

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Understanding Evangelism: Three Key Terms

“When evangelism is strictly about sharing the good news, those who evangelize are energized and grow in faith, hope, and love. Conversion remains the amazing grace of the Holy Spirit. Evangelists help conversions happen, even being the linchpin at times. Church Growth stays as the work of the congregation, inviting others to join the community and letting them grow as a new member.”

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Island Time

The creed of one Christian denomination begins and ends with the words “We are not alone.” And though that is true, sometimes I want very much to be alone, to live on an island with a dog and some nice snacks.  And a wood stove.  Ok, and some books. And did I mention nice snacks?

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The sun and the Son

I often wonder about Jesus asking us daily to reconsider our lives in discernment while never once mentioning worship as a goal. 

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Nobody likes rejection.  And “family” is a word that forms the etymological base for “familiar.”  In other words, we will stay in what is “familiar” no matter how dysfunctional because being rejected for speaking the truth to power will have consequences.

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Hee hee

Am I the only one who wonders why Jesus is so rarely pictured as smiling? God-the-Father is rarely depicted in art.  I believe it has to do with graven image cosmic copyright or something.  But when God is depicted in art – also no smile.  It just makes me curious, is all.

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