Sep 02 2014

Rev. Brent L. White: If God-sanctioned violence in the Old Testament is a problem, Jesus is unaware of it

In a post last week, I wrote about perceived ethical problems raised by Israel’s conquest of Canaan, which strikes modern readers like an ancient example of genocide or ethnic cleansing. In Judges, for instance, from which I’m preaching for the next couple of weeks, God punishes Israel for failing to completely drive out the inhabitants of the various […]

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Sep 02 2014

John Meunier: That Wesley guy wasn’t kidding around

Say not then in your heart, “I was once baptized, therefore I am now a child of God.” Alas, that consequence will by no means hold. How many are the baptized gluttons and drunkards, the baptized liars and common swearers, the baptized railers and evil-speakers, the baptized whoremongers, thieves, extortioners? What think you? Are these […]

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Sep 02 2014

Nikos: Sermon (August 31) by Rev. Cheryl Foulk – “What About Our Enemies?”

Original post at http://pastorrobert-nikos.blogspot.com/2014/09/sermon-august-31-by-rev-cheryl-foulk.html Wamplers Lake  in  Michigan is a beautiful setting for a  vacation. For some families it has been a battleground ! For 25 years, six neighbors have fought over the use of a footpath that leads from cottages  to a boat dock on the lake. Because of their friction, they have gone …

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Sep 02 2014

Nikos: Thoughts about Children in Worship

Our church will be including a new card (see below) in our pew pockets at church. This card includes thoughts on being a welcoming church for children and young families. We have been noticing an increase in the number of parents and children attending…

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Sep 02 2014

United Methodist Church Pastor Poet: Sacred Work

Sunday in church we worshiped using the passage from Matthew 16:21-28. I preached about how important our work is in building the beloved community of God. Much to my surprise I was saying how it is by seeing our work as sacred that we can transform th…

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Sep 02 2014

thoughtfulpastor: Let’s Talk About Sex #UMC

An article in the New York Times recently caught my eye. Titled, “Let’s Not Talk About Sex,” it is written by Paul A. Offit, a professor of pediatrics and director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  He writes despairingly of the very low compliance levels for the HPV vaccine. He…

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