Oct 20 2014

Covered in the Master's Dust: Read the Gospel of Mark in a Year (A 52-week reading plan)

One of the emphases of my annual conference in South Ge […]

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Oct 20 2014

ComPassion: Racism and Abortion: The Current Crisis

“God created human beings in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27) In “Racism and Abortion: The Historical Connection, we examined the history of eugenics and its racist core. Now let’s look specifically at the main tool of eugenics, abortion. We will see…

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Oct 20 2014

Jedi Pastor Ken: At the Edge. My First Thoughts On My Wife’s Fight.

I told my two kids that the emotions they would feel would come and go and be like a roller coaster.  Yes, even in the middle of class, tears might have to be fought back.  A simple thought or moment could stun them.  How did I know?  Because this is not my first rodeo with cancer.  The difference is I’m not the one fighting, my wife is.
I’m on the sideline this time and I’m going to be up front, it sucks.  This is the woman I love.  My best friend, my partner in crime, the one I share my memories with and the mother of my kids.  We’ve been married for 19 years, going on 20 and that means I’ve now spent more of my life in a home I have shared with her than the home I shared with my folks.  It took a few minutes for that to sink in today.
What’s more is that I’m a pastor.  I’m supposed to have answers for this.  Bible verses should just pop right out.  The right one, at the right moment, and said in just the right way.  But they’re not coming, not like that anyway.  
I am really thankful for all the Facebook messages and notes.  The e-mails from fellow clergy really mean a lot, really. 
I think something should be different but I know, from experience, it won’t be, not just yet.  Right now is the calm before the storm.   We’re just on the edge of things, “There Be Monsters” signs are posted but we’re not far enough into the forest to get a sense of the danger.  Not yet anyway. 
I don’t know what I don’t know but what I do know is we have faith.  We have hope.  We have love.  There is no banging gongs here.  This is a place of shadow and even here, God has placed the standard of His reign.  Even in the darkness, the presence of Providence is near. 
Faith.  Hope.  Love.  These three have been enough.

Faith.  Hope.  Love.  Heather, my love, God is here.  God is enough.

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Oct 20 2014

Rev. Brent L. White: The false choice between being devoted to Jesus and being devoted to the Bible

Popular blogger and United Methodist pastor Jason Micheli said in a post last week—as he has said many times before—that, contrary to the Bible, including the red-letter words of Jesus, God doesn’t really have wrath toward sin. Wrath is something that we project onto God, out of guilt for our sin. (How on earth Micheli […]

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Oct 20 2014

Allan R. Bevere: Caption Contest… And the Winner Is…

Craig: “Holy smoke, a parallel universe!”

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Oct 20 2014

The Liturgy Nerd: Good Reasons Why I Haven’t Written Lately

Friends, ministers, nerds,It’s been a crazy few months!  This school year we made the decision to go full-time at Perkins.  Nine whole hours of big work.  Systematic theology, moral theology, and evangelism are on the menu this fall, wit…

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