Oct 01 2014

John Meunier: Community without Christ

Ed Stetzer’s reflections after discovering that the son of progressive evangelical Tony Campolo has become an atheist chaplain contain several good points that are worth your time to read. One of the one’s that caught my eye goes like this: … Continue reading

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Oct 01 2014

Allan R. Bevere: Ahh, Vikings… We Hardly Knew Ye

Just how bad were the Vikings?[Anders] Winroth is among the scholars who believe the Vikings were no more bloodthirsty than other warriors of the period. But they suffered from bad public relations– in part because they attacked a society more li…

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Oct 01 2014

General Board of Global Ministries: God’s Gift Sets Stage for WCS Recipient to Connect with Others through Song, Worship

World Communion Scholar Marcus Simmons uses his musical gifts and talents to connect with others.

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Oct 01 2014

Encourage One Another Daily: Another Wednesday

It’s only the middle of the work week, but I bet your job isn’t this hard! Enjoy! May we make it to Friday with smiles on our faces!Filed under: Humor, Life

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Oct 01 2014

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Oct 01 2014

Virtual Methodist: The Dawning of the Day (again)

I re-post this as the second in a series of pieces from Sunday evening’s Harvest Celebration of Creation and Creativity, prompted by the 7 days of Genesis 1, but I am also prompted to post it in the light of a 2 day chaplaincy workshop on suicide and mental health, during which one of our facilitators, Conor McCafferty, spoke of identifying “the treasure in the dark” that sustains life in the most difficult circumstances.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning – the first day.
Genesis 1: 3-5


The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 1:5 (RSV)

I’m grown up now… but I’m still afraid of the dark… I pretend that I’m not… But then adults are good at pretending… Children play “let’s pretend” but they’re only practicing for the serious pretending that goes on in adulthood… Pretending that we’re happy… Pretending that we’re confident… Pretending that we like each other… Pretending that we like ourselves…

I pretend that I’m not afraid of the dark… But I am… I’m afraid of what hides in the shadows… Murderers and maniacs and monsters… And memories… Memories of things I’ve done and not done… Memories of things done to me… Dark things… That I pretend never happened… But they did… And in the dark I see them… Black on black… Ready to engulf me… To snuff out the light of my life…

But before I drown in the darkness, I have learned to look for the light… And it is always there… Somewhere… at the flick of a switch or by opening a door, or peering into the night sky, to see a star… A small speck shining across the almost infinite reaches of space… A light that began its journey millions of years before I was born… before my fears began… Echo of a light created by God’s word to banish the darkness… The dawning of the day…

Shalom

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