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Ashy Valentine’s Day!

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Today is Valentine’s Day! Today is also Ash Wednesday! This confusing confluence of holidays has only happened four times in the past hundred years.   So, here’s my story. In my 1941 Kindergarten class, the teacher introduced us to Valentine’s Day, as she did with all the traditional American holidays. We were told about how […]

Why Black History at ABC?

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This is the Fortieth Anniversary year of celebrating Black History at ABC. I’m not aware of any other church with roots in a traditionally White denomination that does this. Newcomers may wonder why it’s so important to us. I’d like to share four reasons with you.  (1) Black History was a banner establishing ABC’s new […]

Me, Meet Me!

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“Peeling the Onion” is a phrase used in psychology and sociology, as well as in the Twelve Step Program, because it’s so descriptive of human experience. It’s a metaphor for the process of getting beneath the surface of who you are to try to discover the origins of some of the attitudes, fears and behaviors […]

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 […]