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A Subtle, Significant Shift

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GEORGE VAN ALSTINE: I’m not sure when it dawned on me that affirming the full equality of women was an issue I should do something about as a Christian leader. I was aware of the history of change over the last few decades, and was supportive of all of them, including the modern Feminist Movement, but […]

The Hippo Inspires Poetry

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Believe it or not, there are three English-language poems that are entitled The Hippopotamus. All are by famous poets. Two, by Hilaire Belloc (1896) and Ogden Nash (1920), are short and silly. The third, by T. S. Eliot (1919), is longer and makes some serious points about the institutional church through metaphor, irony and satire: […]

Homecoming and Homegoing

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While I was thinking about Homecoming Sunday, I was going through some records of previous ABC Homecomings over the years. I was struck by names of people from the church’s past who are no longer with us. Where are they? Well, we have commemorated them at funeral services, which we often refer to as “Homegoings.” […]

The Miracle of Unity – ABC’s Homecoming Celebration

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Hello to all friends and family of Altadena Baptist! “THE MIRACLE OF UNITY” will be the theme of this year’s ABC HOMECOMING SUNDAY, November 4. ·     The sermon, in our continuing study of Paul’s letter to the Church at Philippi, will be about the MIRACLE OF UNITY that he was believing could happen to two strong […]

As A Man Wipes A Dish

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There are a lot of ways my dad set a good example for me, and one that stands out is the picture of him helping with the dishes after supper. It seems to have been an important part of the family’s mellowing out in the evening, at least before we got our first TV when […]

Is God the Protector of Single Mothers and the Father of Their Children?

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Widows and orphans were very vulnerable in Biblical times. Unless their extended family was particularly gracious and caring, the loss of a nuclear family’s male breadwinner could leave his wife and his children with no way to pay for their day-to-day living expenses, housing and food. In order to make sure they would not be […]

Your Christian Stat Sheet

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It’s playoff time! And the Dodgers are in it! Growing up less than fifteen miles from New York City, I was very aware of Major League baseball, particularly the Yankees. The Dodgers and the Giants were also in NY then, and all three teams’ home games were televised. For the most part, I watched Yankee […]

Bring Your Vessels, Not A Few

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I have several old books in my office that I’ve never looked at closely. Someone (Orlan Paulson, Clinton Goodwin?) thought I might like them, and I just stuck them on my shelf. Every once in a while, I’ll take one down and say, “I wonder what this is?” That’s how I discovered an old volume […]

My Empty Bucket List

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Today I spent an hour and a half in a dentist’s chair. He kept saying “Sorry,” but I didn’t believe it. He didn’t appear to be suffering. During the final stages of my treatment, a somewhat comforting thought came to me: “Well, this is probably the last time I’ll have to go through a heavy-duty […]

What Do You Really, Really Want?

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I was only half-listening to a TV commercial the other day when I recognized the background music as the familiar Spice Girls song from 1996, which begins: Yo, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want; So tell me what you want, what you really really want… I wanna, wanna, wanna, wanna […]