All In A Circle

One of our summer children’s programs this year featured stories with the theme of “rock.” This story for all ages, inspired by Genesis and The Lion King, reminds us that we are all connected, all equally a part of creation from the beginning. We need reminding. In the beginning, the...

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Richer than you think

Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and...

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More than a name

Our annual summer children’s program was last week. This year, we called it Rock U and the theme was stories connected to, well, rock. That might not sound super interesting, but we used it to connect to our relationship with the earth and God, building (especially ourselves), story telling and...

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One moment, please

Are you a Mary or a Martha? That’s the question most people will want to ask themselves when they hear the story of Jesus visiting the home of Mary and Martha, two very different sisters (Luke 10:38-42). Martha welcomes Jesus, as a good host should, but then is too busy...

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More than a stranger

The story of the Good Samaritan is one of the best known of Jesus’ parables. It’s become something of a cliché, even. Just the other day, I read in the news that a person who stopped to give a ride to a young family that missed their bus was referred...

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What you don’t need

Do you have a basic “essentials” list of things you have to have with you when you go out the door? Your phone, of course, a wallet (or at least a debit card or some cash, maybe a driver’s license), keys, maybe a hat or coat, maybe a watch or...

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Inside Out

Jesus isn’t easy. I don’t know how many times I’ve said that so I’m just going to say, “ a lot.” Jesus isn’t easy. It can certainly be easy to say “I’m a follower of Jesus” or, even easier, “I’m a Christian,” but living it isn’t easy. It’s both one...

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A Story Worth Sharing

Have you ever seen or met someone possessed by demons? Yeah. You have. “Possessed by demons” or “having an unclean spirit” may be the biblical language, but whatever language you use, we’ve encountered them, even experienced them. Historically, we personified or anthropomorphized anything dark, malevolent or evil as a demon...

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It is a big deal!

For many christian churches, the Trinity is a big deal. It even gets its own Sunday in some churches, the Sunday after Pentecost. That’s unusual because most church festivals or observances commemorate a specific event or person and the Trinity is neither of those. Then there’s all the churches named...

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It’s in you

When I was little, one of the things that scared me most about church was the Holy Spirit. I know, you’d think there would be other stuff, and there was: when I was a kid, church was a pretty stern and solemn place where you had to be on your...

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