Power

*Hello friends! I'm really excited to introduce you to Catie Tomb! Catie is in the confirmation class this term, and is reading the same daily lectionary that our blog staff has been working through, so we asked her to share her thoughts on the verse that stuck out most to her! If you are like me, and think that what follows is reason for hope in the present and future of the church, join us on…

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Whom Shall I Fear?

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1) There’s way too much fear in the land, and ironically, a good deal of it seems to be concentrated among folk who think of themselves as people of faith. It may be that a certain kind of fearful temperament drives some people to both a panicky politics and a r…

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Loving and Forgiving

Has anyone else noticed our tendency to look at God almost as if he’s two people, or suffers from multiple personality disorder? The “Old Testament God” is angry, judging, passing out laws and punishing those who don’t follow them. But the “New Testament God” is different God, all full of love and care and forgiveness. What’s up with this Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde view of God? Is it possible that the “New Testamen…

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Sin is Bad (Cassandra Millis)

Sin is bad. (I’ll accept my award for most innovative theologian now.) This is a benign phrase of Christianity- a foundational remark that righteousness or good is better than sinfulness or evil. We can all (for the most part) agree on that. Sin is bad. But not so much my sin. My sin is justified. You wouldn’t believe how the person I yelled at was acting. If my marriage was more ful…

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Sanctified

“For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters…Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.” Hebrews 2:11&18 The Lenten season is often looked at as a time of sacrifice and suffering, a time to remember Jesus’ fast in the wilderness and a time to…

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