trust in God vs fear, anger, and the politics of disaffection

I have enjoyed a lot of positive feedback and good conversation around Friday's post (if you want to be contented, happy, and positive - read this). It's always gratifying to know that I have helped a few people to connect the dots in some way when it comes to the journey of life. The fact of …

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the high cost of love (O love that will not let me go)

There is one element of "the life of a pastor" I'd like to try to write about that I haven't covered before. But I'm not quite sure where to begin. The job - "minister of word and sacrament" - is a huge, wide-ranging, and demanding responsibility. That is true in a small or average-sized congregation, and …

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what it takes to be a disciple

This afternoon I'll be driving over to Greenville to speak at a men's ministry gathering; I've been thinking about what I want to say. Typically - and especially when I'm just visiting for a short "after-dinner" talk - I like to engage people in a conversation about how important it is that we see ourselves …

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how to be a disciple of Jesus

Today I want to talk about the new class I'm teaching at WFPC; not so much teaching, really, as facilitating. The point of the new class is to provide a place where those currently not enrolled in adult-education can explore what it means to live as intentional disciples of Jesus, rather than “ho-hum” church members; to “stand on …

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Four-Photo Monday

Great weekend all around! Too much, consequently, to write about. So I'll pull an oldie-but-goodie and reprise the ever-popular "Four-Photo-Monday" standby. DISCIPLES: First, we kicked off my new discipleship class at church. This is one of three brand-new adult Sunday-school classes being offered at WFPC (There are currently seven to choose from). My goal is …

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more (hopefully) helpful conversation about faithful Christians and same-sex marriage

For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:19) IT'S A WRAP: I think that - out of fairness to other important topics - I'll (try to) wrap up this episode of the "same-sex marriage" conversation …

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inspiration and fun with presbyterian youth

Yesterday morning it was Youth Sunday here at First Presbyterian Church of Brandon. Youth Sunday is all kinds of interesting, and - typically - comes along with mixed reviews vis-a-vis the Presbyterian modus operandi of "decently and in order" (See this week's unique "children's moment" skit by Ian and Hunter!). But worship led by our …

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