Where’s your Joy?

This year, I plan on wishing everyone a “Very Joyful Christmas.” I’m planning on it. I’ll probably forget every now and then and go with the old standard “Merry Christmas.” Some people like a good “Happy Christmas.” Or the new (relatively) “Happy Holidays,” to be more inclusive. Or even a...

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Where’s the Joy this Christmas?

It’s the 3rd Sunday of Advent. We’ve been exploring Hope and Peace the last couple weeks, and now it’s time to talk about Joy. Just like Peace is so much more than “the absence of conflict or violence”, Joy too has so much depth and meaning to explore. Maybe by...

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Peace – Creating a Sacred Moment

“Peace is what’s inside you that allows something creative and life-giving to happen.” Sometimes, to get to that place of creating a sacred moment that lets Peace in, some hard work, conflict and difficult conversation, is required. This 2nd Sunday of Advent, Ben and Rev. Robin King explore what Peace...

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Try saying that three times

I’m very grateful that there are people willing to get up in front of a room full of other people and help lead by reading something. Especially when that something is scripture. Even if you invite people to read from the translation or version that they’re most comfortable with, sooner...

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Christmas is Coming: Hope-Fully

The first Sunday of Advent is this week, hopefully. Yes, hopefully, as in “it definitely is happening and we’re so excited!”. Is that how we’re approaching Christmas this year? Is that how we bring Hope to others all through the year, and into our own times of joy or pain...

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The Days Are Surely Coming

The new church year begins this week. Not with a festival, cards, a big party or a special dinner. There’s not much decoration that’s for new year’s day, maybe even just a single candle on a wreath. A wreath with four other candles on it, and this first one isn’t...

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Christ the King : What does that look like?

He’s not the “King” they were expecting, and the image that we have of Jesus even today is likely very different from his actual physical appearance. Our depictions of Jesus say a lot more about us than they do about him, and that’s worth exploring as we come to the...

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I like that phat Jesus

Is that still a cool word to use, “phat?” It means excellent, cool, awesome. It’s african-american slang that comes out of the beginnings of hip hop music in the late 1970s and early ‘80s. Like, “a phat beat” means a really cool tune. Yeesh, trying to explain the meaning of...

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Still Standing

Jesus and his followers were leaving the Temple, when one of his disciples makes a seemingly innocuous comment. “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!” (Mark 13:1) And they would’ve been right. Back in the day, the Temple was impressive. And it darn well should have been. After all,...

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Still Standing

Jesus and his followers were leaving the Temple, when one of his disciples makes a seemingly innocuous comment. “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!” (Mark 13:1) And they would’ve been right. Back in the day, the Temple was impressive. And it darn well should have been. After all,...

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