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ABC’s Spiritual Stimulus Package

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These days, watching the stock market fall is almost as scary as watching the number of coronavirus cases rise. There has been quite a bit of talk about a looming recession, and some economists are saying we’re already in one. Yesterday, I heard the word depression used to describe where this financial roller coaster is […]

When Storm Clouds Gather

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This is the title of our Pre-Easter (Lenten) sermon series which began last Sunday. These will be studies based on the “Upper Room Discourse” of Jesus, as recorded in John 14 through 17. These are a series of important teachings Jesus shared with his disciples when he knew that “his hour had come to depart […]

Caution: Youth Being Renewed!

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Psalm 103 begins and ends with this exclamation of praise: Bless the Lord, O my soul. In between are a cluster of wonderful gems of faith that make this, for me, one of the greatest poems ever created. Here are a few: The psalmist tells his soul to remember all God’s gifts of grace (verses 2-3). […]

Black History Celebration at ABC

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Here are my personal reflections on last Sunday Black History Celebration: There was no drama similar to the disruptive protest we experienced last year when District Attorney Jackie Lacey was our speaker. This allowed us to be a lot more relaxed. However, I don’t regret last year’s more edgy event because it demonstrated that we’re […]

Participation

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Have you ever been to one of those closing programs of a camp or Bible School in which every kid gets some kind of award, ranging from First Place in a running race, to Best Haircut, to Stayed Awake During Chapel? Just to cover a child who doesn’t seem to stand out in any way, […]

Letter to My Congregation

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In the early 1970s, when Altadena/Pasadena was undergoing the rapid change of racial diversification, many white churches fled the African American influx by moving east of Lake Avenue. ABC decided to meet that change head-on by staying put and committing to the neighborhood. Once African Americans graciously integrated this formerly white church, ABCs DNA of open arms […]

Revitalizing Our Church Culture

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Do you remember when there was prayer in the public schools and when Sunday mornings were reserved for worship so people could go to church without competition from sports; when it was expected that everyone went to church every Sunday? That was a time of cultural privilege for Christianity. Churches thrived in a culture that […]

Only the Good Die Young

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That saying was one of my first thoughts as the tragic death of Kobe Bryant sunk in. It was not only his relative youth, at 41 years old, that struck me, but also the fact that his 13-year-old daughter and her two teen-aged friends died with him in that helicopter crash. In fact, all of […]

Remembering Billy Graham Crusades

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I just came across this important keepsake, and it brought back some vivid memories from a crucial moment in my life. I was a twenty-year old junior, majoring in biology at a secular college, Rutgers University, while trying to untangle myself from my Fundamentalist upbringing. I might have abandoned my inherited faith altogether, except for […]

Pruning the Prophets

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When average Christians hear the word prophecy, they probably think of the end-times teachings that have been popularized by some Christian writers and TV preachers. Cleverly applying Bible passages to events described on today’s news broadcasts can lead to intriguing (and occasionally terrifying) ways of seeing the world. But a little study of these passages […]