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The Poem That Changed My Life

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Now that I’m (way) past fifty, I find myself reflecting on important episodes in my life that have helped shape the person I am. I’ve come to realize that much of my spiritual formation took place during my college years. Away from the comfort of my family and the strong church background I was brought […]

What Can Be More Important?

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It was after some natural disaster – I’m thinking a hurricane or typhoon. I was struck by a picture of Jane Goodall comforting a chimpanzee. She was quoted as saying, “What can be more important?” I wrote it down at the time because I was offended. The disaster had taken numerous human lives and left […]

Merry Christmas!

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Our usual weekly ABC Messenger is taking a vacation this week. Have a wonderful, joyous, deeply meaningful Christmas celebration! — Love from the Staff and congregation of Altadena Baptist Church

A Room in Charley’s Mansion

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You may have heard me tell this story before, because it has made quite an impression on me. Charley Wade was pretty old when I came to ABC, but he was still active in his career as an electrician. We bonded because both of us grew up around people in the building trades. His father had […]

Homeless for Christmas

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Our Advent sermon series is Home for Christmas. This coming Sunday, Pastor Connie will preach about how Jesus found himself homeless during his time on earth. We’ve thought a lot about the increasing problem of homelessness recently. In the last two months, more homeless people have begun to show up at the church. One couple […]

O Little Town of Bethlehem

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Phillips Brooks was a young, promising Episcopal clergyman in Philadelphia. His six-foot-nine frame and his outgoing manner made him popular with the young people in his church and the community. In 1865, the church sent him on a trip to broaden his horizons. After some time traveling in Europe, he planned his schedule to end […]

While Peeling Potatoes

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In our family, my special assignment in preparing the Thanksgiving meal is peeling potatoes. After years of practice, I’m really good at it, and I don’t have to concentrate. That gives me a chance to think about deep subjects. So, last Thursday morning, I spent my peeling time thinking about — peeling potatoes. I thought, […]

Thanksgiving Prepositions

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You may remember enough elementary school English grammar to know what a preposition is. It’s a helping word that tells us how a noun or pronoun is connected to the rest of the sentence. Common prepositions we use every day include in, on, with, about, under, after, for, from, before, near and outside. The Bible […]

Their Marriage Failed

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Sometimes I find myself deeply involved in an on-line search and totally forget how I got started. So, I have no idea why I was reading a Wikipedia article on comedienne Fanny Brice, whose voice I listened to on the radio as Baby Snooks, back in the 1940s. She was already a fascinating public figure […]

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 […]