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Going Solo

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Going solo is tough. Pastor Connie has just had a second eye surgery, and her recuperation will take another couple of weeks, at least. We’re encouraging her to take it easy through the end of the year. Her first surgery was October 23, so I will have been on-the-job alone as pastor for most of […]

He Said, She Said

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Male privilege and entitlement have suffered a series of body blows over the past two months. We may never recover our advantage again. It began on October 5, when the New York Times published an allegation that movie producer Harvey Weinstein had molested a young actress. At first, Weinstein responded with denials and threats of […]

Just As I Am

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Just as I am, without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me, and that thou bidst me come to thee; O Lamb of God, I come, I come. Just as I am, thou wilt receive, wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve; because thy promise I believe, O Lamb of God, I come, I […]

Our Shadows Taller Than Our Soul

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Though I played instruments, was involved in school and community bands and was even exposed to quite a bit of classical music, the popular music of the day was not an important part of my life in my younger years. The church community in which I was raised saw it as a worldly influence young […]

The Jumping Contest

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About the time Jeremiah was prophesying to the Israelites in Babylonian Captivity, a famous Greek wise man named Aesop was collecting all the fables he had heard used to teach children practical lessons about life. Through talking creatures in nature, as well as familiar events from everyday life, these story-lessons illustrated a truth in a […]

Weaving Your Spiritual Fabric

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Some items in the Old Testament Law express timeless moral principles, but others seem petty and arbitrary to us. In some Bible passages, they lay side-by-side. Here’s an example: You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD. […]

Homecoming Then, Homecoming Now

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Some of us have been arguing about how long our annual Homecoming Sunday has been a tradition at ABC. As an obsessive researcher, I just had to find out. I rummaged through old records in the church basement until I discovered files of stored Messenger newsletters. My journey took me back through the years, by […]

Mr. Cellophane

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Even without clucking like a hen Everyone gets noticed, now and then Unless, of course, that personage should be Invisible, inconsequential me! Cellophane, Mister Cellophane Shoulda been my name, Mister Cellophane ‘Cause you can look right through me, walk right by me And never know I’m there What a pitiable character actor John C. Reilly […]

Why I Wear A Seat Belt

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You can teach an old dog new tricks, but it usually involves pain. Here’s my story. I got my driver’s license when I turned seventeen. I learned to drive on my father’s 51 Chevy – stick shift, of course. It was a great moment. Right away I became attractive to the girls. My driving habits […]

Choose Life!

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Just before Moses died, he brought one last word from the Lord to the people of Israel: See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his […]