Sep 17 2014

Grand Rapids District: Prayer

I am thinking this morning about a phrase pastors use all the time, probably several times a week […]

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Sep 17 2014

RMNBlog: With a loud voice

by Carl Greene, originally published on his blog “The things which are most important don’t always scream the loudest.” – Bob Hawke Religious voices that use holy scripture to demean our neighbors will not continue to be the loudest voices in our city. Chattanooga will know that all persons of faith are not like that. I commit today to make my voice louder. This spring, the City Council of Chattanooga first considered an ordinance for city employees to receive domestic partner benefits and add a statement of anti discrimination to our city charter. I was supportive. I went to meetings….

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Sep 17 2014

Soul Rain ... Kelli Sorg: Hildegard of Bingen #nccumc

…..the peacemakers shall be called the children of God (Matthew 5:9)   Today is the Feast Day of Hildegard of Bingen, a truly remarkable women. You can pray the Daily Office and learn more about her at the link below. … Continue reading

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Sep 17 2014

UMC Lead: Mall-ology: Building a Better Church through Shopping

I’m in full suburban immersion mode since launching a new, mixed-reality faith community in July. This now includes trips to the sprawl of boxed-in asphalt parking lots, strip plazas of chain retailers, and even old-school shopping malls. Yes, malls still exist. And the one in my neighborhood is busy. Well, busy is a relative word, […]

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Sep 17 2014

Joseph Yoo: Looking for Guest Posts

Greetings! If you want to share your thoughts on this blog, please leave a comment with your contact info. Don’t worry, I won’t allow that comment to go public (all comments on this blog have to be approved by me before they go live). The reason why I reached out to a bunch of my former students to get them … Continue reading 

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Sep 17 2014

SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: CHRISTIAN GRIEF

“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope” (1 Thess 4:13 NRSV).

When I was a young minister, a person informed me that Christians do not grieve. He said grief showed a lack of faith. He used this verse as his proof text, which he quoted this way: “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve.” It’s amazing how we can make the Bible say what we want by stopping where we like. Paul acknowledged that Christians grieve the death of loved ones. However, Christian grief is hope-saturated. It is not the hopeless grief borne by those outside of Christ.

– Craig Loscalzo


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