Nov 21 2014

One Mile Mosser: A Dormant Mountain

Scores of people lost their lives. The world’s mightiest army was forced to abandon a strategic base. Property damage approached a billion dollars. All because the sleeping giant, Mount Pinatube in the Philippines, roared back to life after 600 years of quiet slumber.

When asked to account for the incredible destruction caused by this volcano, a research scientist from the Philippine department of volcanology observed, “When a volcano is silent for many years, our people forget that it’s a volcano and begin to treat it like a mountain.”

Like Mount Pinatube, our sinful nature always has the potential to erupt, bringing great harm both to ourselves and to others. As Paul wrote: “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The biggest mistake we can make is to ignore the volcano and move back onto what seems like a dormant “mountain.”

Come, Worship

Stay, Learn
Go, Serve

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Nov 20 2014

Chad Brooks: Productive Pastor 25: Project Management with Rich Birch

  On this episode of The Productive Pastor I interview […]

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Nov 20 2014

Mercy Not Sacrifice: If you need for undocumented immigrants to be punished, then you don’t believe in Jesus’ cross

We have a broken immigration system. And it’s broken in a way that is incredibly unfair to people from south of our border who have the wherewithal and the work ethic to come up to the United States and work in the temporary labor market. You cannot get a visa to migrate to the United [Read More…]

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Nov 20 2014

Kairos CoMotion Lectionary Dialogue: Psalm 100

Pentecost Last or Evaluation Day
November 23, 2014

Psalm 100

Knowing any claim to the present being a culmination of intent (G*D’s and mine), we can’t simply declare things are all wrapped up. Obviously they are not and any claim to the contrary is simply fantasy and a usurpation of power.

Nonetheless, we can continue without a neat wrap-up. We can even continue with a sense of joy filling our next attempt to climb a step beyond our present. Try the psalm backward.

First, presume G*D is good, creation is good.
Also First, hold to an understanding that love endures—not only all things, but forever.
Add yet another First, mutual trust is what rolls the generations along.

Second, enter these with thanksgiving for all that has given evidence that these Firsts last.
Secondly, let praise loose that it might beckon a shy future to peek out and bless what is happening and secure this connection.

Thirdly, all of this is to be bone-deep. Know maker and made encourage and entice one another further together.

Fourthly, gladness is a sign of worthy work going on—so whistle while you work.

Fifthly and finally, so live that all the earth is joyful—so joyful that noise goes beyond cacophony, to harmony rich and connected beyond theory and experience.

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For a musical adaption of Psalm 100, try Ann Reed’s “Where the Earth is Round”. Don’t forget to note the bones of Indigenous Peoples who have claimed the goodness of creation even as they were massacred.

What other non-hymn music might well be a hymn if our ears were better tuned?

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Nov 20 2014

Lake Neuron » Lake Neuron: 72 plus me

The honest truth is, when the letter first came inviting lay speakers and lay leaders to participate in something called “72+U” training, I was not at all clear what it was all about – even after reading the letter. But it sounded like something that would fit in with the educational requirements for me to […]

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Nov 20 2014

We Your People, Ours the Journey: Sermon: Gift Receipts

“Gift Receipts” (November 16, 2014) What do we do with the gifts given to us? Will we hide and hoard them, for fear of losing them, or will we invest them and give them away in what we love and what the world needs, so that we might be faithful servants and stewards of God’s […]

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