Sunday, December 17-Third Sunday in Advent
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Posts from September 2017

Help St. Maarten–Kim and Matt’s Irma Story

Last year when we decided to move to the Caribbean, we could have never imagined our journey would end the way it did. During our 10 months living in St. Maarten, not only did we fall in love with the beauty of the island, we fell in love with the friendliness and kindness of the locals and all of the other expats…

Instruments of Peace

Passage meditation will require you to choose a text that you can dig into for 20–30 minutes at a time, but it also must be memorable. As I mentioned, I chose the Prayer of St. Francis because it is poetic and easy-to-memorize while also supplying me with plenty to reflect on. As I go throughout my week, I often find words and phrases…

Why Sunday School is for Grown-Ups

I know all the reasons why you don’t want to teach Sunday School.  I’ve seen the horror strike your face when you see an enthusiastic Christian Ed member with a clipboard marching toward you on Rally Sunday.  I do understand the yearning to collapse into the simplicity of our elegant sanctuary and allow the music and words to wash over your soul,…

Do You Know God Is With You?

In the middle of the storm, if you know God is with you, you feel different than most of the people around you. The feeling is not an absence of fear. Fear pops up. It is not that doubt stops rearing its head. Doubt is there to remind you what matters. Sadness is an eternal experience, created to force us into rebuilding…

Spiritual Practice: Passage Meditation

In last week’s post I urged you to sit still and just be aware of what’s going on around you for 10–15 minutes. This sort of awareness will continue to be the bedrock of the sorts of practices that we’ll be exploring each week. Today, however, I’m going to ask you to bring your attention to something quite specific: a meaningful spiritual text.…

Fishing for Faith

The church is getting fishy!  We’ve been decorating with colorful guppies and Angelfish, nets and rods, leafy plants and the soothing water of an old fashioned fishing’ ol on a summer afternoon.  Fishing for Faith is our theme for our Christian Education program this year, and we have all kinds of exciting updates for you about what we’re teaching and how we’re…

We Do Not Practice Alone

In my previous post, I mentioned that Religion is a “practice.” This runs counter in many ways to what Protestant Christianity often considers to be the heart of Christianity: belief. After all, we are told that humans are saved by faith alone (sola fide) and that if I simply believe then I will be justified. Make no mistake, however, faith requires practice. Faith…

These Things Take Practice

Sometimes we get lured into believing that our commitment to the faith should be a one time thing. I’ve professed my faith, perhaps I’ve been baptized, perhaps I’ve said some particular prayer or set of prayers or been through some other initiation ritual like Confirmation: why then do I still struggle with this whole God-thing? These things take practice. I remember in…