Jan 27 2015

Seedbed: What Happened between the Old and New Testaments?

What happened between the Old and New Testaments? The interbiblical period was not simply a lame-duck era where God’s people held down the fort till the Messiah could finally appear. Instead, it is a time where God continued to prepare the way for His fullness to dwell through Jesus the Messiah.

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Jan 27 2015

Beguine Again: Marcus Borg & Gratitude for our Mentors—Prayerful Tuesday

This last week I heard of the passing of Marcus Borg. I was sadden not just at his passing but because I have learned so much from his writings. I will miss reading his words and having them open up my understanding of Jesus as both human and Divine.  Marcus Borg’s writings were instrumental in…

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Jan 27 2015

One Man Show: 7 Positive Things You Can Do for your Pastor

  In my travels as an evangelist, I meet a lot of pastors. I get to hear their dreams for their churches and the frustrations that come with the job–which are the same obstacles I faced when I pastored. Sadly, pastor burnout is at a disturbing high. According to a 2010 New York Times article, […]

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Jan 27 2015

Thoughts of a Naked Alien: Fear and Gratitude.

Hallelujah!
I give thanks to God with everything I’ve got—
Wherever good people gather, and in the congregation.
God’s works are so great, worth
A lifetime of study—endless enjoyment!
Splendor and beauty mark his craft;
His generosity never gives out.
His miracles are his memorial—
This God of Grace, this God of Love.
He gave food to those who fear him,
He remembered to keep his ancient promise.
He proved to his people that he could do what he said:
Hand them the nations on a platter—a gift!
He manufactures truth and justice;
All his products are guaranteed to last—
Never out-of-date, never obsolete, rust-proof.
All that he makes and does is honest and true:
He paid the ransom for his people,
He ordered his Covenant kept forever.
He’s so personal and holy, worthy of our respect.
The good life begins in the fear of God—
Do that and you’ll know the blessing of God.
His Hallelujah lasts forever!
(Psalm 111, The Message)
Meditation:

  1. Do I give thanks in front of my congregation?
  2. How do I study creation?
  3. Where do I see God at work?
  4. What does the writer mean by “fear”?
  5. Is God both personal and holy to me, or just one or the other?
  6. Does God bless us because we fear him, or does our fear allow us to see His blessings?
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Jan 26 2015

Jason C. Stanley: 23 Blast (2014)

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Dylan Baker is known for his various roles in television and film. Namely, his role as Colin Sweeney in The Good Wife. Most recently he was J. Edgar Hoover in the film Selma. Many will remember him from other films … Continue reading

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Jan 26 2015

Preceding Grace: As a General Rule…

In order to become an ordained minister in The United Methodist Church, there is a lengthy process that one must endure navigate.  The conference’s Board of Ordained Ministry grants the final recommendation and then all of the clergy in that …

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