STONED
If you dismissed this Dylan song along with the drug-infused 1960s, you missed the point. It isn’t about getting high. A 2012 interview with Rolling Stone had Dylan rebuff this explanation. “Those people aren’t familiar with the book of Acts.”
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The Lighter Side of Crying During Worship
I wish I had a dollar every time someone told me, “I almost came to church last Sunday, but didn’t because…I would have cried.” Some were regular worshipers, but their aversion to tears in church broke their sturdy habit. Not only did they not get the support they needed when [...]
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A Little About Me
I always feel a little weird with sharing details about my life. I really do prefer listening and learning about others. However, as I step into this Interim role, it’s probably good to provide a little background. I was born in Michigan and grew up in the farming town of [...]
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LAST SUNDAY, THIS SUNDAY
Last week we launched a new church year with a robust Welcome Back Sunday where glad faces shone and strength in community were the order of the day. Spirited songs stirred us, and a feast of pulled pork and brisket sealed the deal.
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PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT ALL FEAR
Fear is having a field day in our land. Who would predict 30 years after razing the Berlin Wall, as Isis makes its last stand in Syria, so many succumbing to fear? Why fabricate fear as fearsome threats fall away and we enjoy full employment?
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Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Music at First Events:
Welcome Back Sunday, Sept 9, 10 am service: Featuring the jazz stylings of our church’s own Katharine Hedlund, this service is a good way to greet old friends and make new ones as we get back into the groove! Show up and Sing Sunday, Sept 16: Come and sing with [...]
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EBONY AND IVORY
Is anyone else struck by the memorials of two generational figures within days of each other? John McCain from Arizona was about as white as white gets. And Aretha Franklin from Detroit was about as black as black gets. But swirl together the juxtaposition of their passing, and you get [...]
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IN PRAISE OF FRIENDSHIP
Our church has taught me more about friendship than any of the six churches I’ve served. I am in distress over family, you bid me to go and take care of things. I take on a big challenge as your pastor, and you come up firmly underneath me. I am [...]
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WHY ATTEND CHURCH? WHY NOT?
Over the relatively few years I’ve been your pastor, the numbers in America who claim “no religion” have increased from 12% to 21%. That is a tectonic shift over a mere 6.5 years. If religion were a stock your broker would be calling you to sell. But not so fast. [...]
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