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How I Became a Morality Cop

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When I was a kid, the Public Schools in my town had “Opening Exercises,” which (usually) consisted of a Salute to the American Flag, a brief (safe) Scripture reading and a simple, generic prayer (often the Lord’s Prayer; sometimes silent prayer). In the lower grades, this may have been further simplified.  Ms. Perry was my […]

My Call To The Ministry: A Personal Reflection

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I attended a recent funeral in memory of a former local pastor, about my age, who graduated from Seminary with me in 1961. The person reading his biography alluded to his clear call to the ministry during his college years. I reflected on my life, trying to determine when my call to the ministry came. […]

Leadership at ABC Depends on You!

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As a traditional Baptist Church, ABC is governed by its congregation, not by autocratic Pastor/Elder leaders. Practically speaking, the current leadership includes both lay and clergy representatives, with every member of the Congregation involved in overall policy decisions through the Deacon Board and the Pastors acting on a day-to-day basis to carry out those decisions. […]

Happy New Year!

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Do not remember the former things or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth; do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild animals will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I […]

It Wouldn’t be Christmas Without Lights!

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One of the important themes of Christmas is Light. From the “glory of the Lord” shining all around the Shepherds, to the star that led the Wise Men to Bethlehem, light helps us focus on the surprising Baby Savior. We also commemorate this with Advent Candles, strings of lights decorating our houses and Altadena’s Christmas […]

Lerning to Spel Write

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Okay, my back east cousin posted this cute Facebook meme, and my first reaction was to wonder which of the two LEONs in our church would appreciate these letters as a gift. Then I realized my cuz was just joshin’ me (and all her other readers).1 The Amazon delivery guy had probably dropped the package in […]

Confessions of a Christmas Purist

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As a young minister in 1963, I felt it was my duty to put things right at Christmas time. The holiday was a Holy Day, a time to focus on the central fact of redemptive history, the Birth of Jesus Christ, the moment when God personally entered human history for the salvation of a lost […]

The Smell Of The Sheep

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In one of the first sermons he preached after his 2013 installation, Pope Francis called upon all Catholic priests to be “shepherds with the smell of the sheep.”1 They should be so close to the people who need their ministry that some of the odor of poverty, disease and squalor stays with them.  What do […]

Family, Friends and Faith at Thanksgiving

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Traditionally, Thanksgiving in our society means FAMILY time. People travel many miles so the whole family can be together for the traditional feast. This usually means embracing, loving, sharing memories, catching up on each other’s lives. It sometimes also can be a reminder of past hurts, departed loved ones, broken relationships and differences in beliefs […]