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Posts by Jon Wortmann

The Paradoxical Commandment

When God tests our hearts, what do we do? Here is the answer. The Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent M. Keith People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. The good you…

Can You See God?

Can you see God? What about in the picture above? What about in the picture below? I would show you a clearer or bigger version of the picture, but then you wouldn’t see God. Not really. God is the moving, transforming, evolving soul in people and the spirit of heaven in the world. God is the breathe that comes quickly when you…

Why Meditate

Every Wednesday night in the Sanctuary, something changes. At 7 pm, a small group gathers to sit. Peter Martin who leads the service welcomes folks, reads scripture, and offers a brief spoken reflection. That lead in is to differentiate what happens next. We sit. That’s it. For twenty minutes we just sit. Why? Because when you find the power of stillness, that’s…

Why Las Vegas Happens

Las Vegas. Another tragedy. This is wrong. This is scary. What is this? This is a world where people of all races, nationalities, and backgrounds feel alone. We feel disenfranchised from our governments. We feel helpless confronting the daily problems of our lives. We too often don’t know what to do. We don’t know exactly why Stephen did what he did. I…

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…

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…

How to Help Houston

As the rains stop in Houston, the recovery is going to take years. What we learned from arriving in New Orleans 9 months after the storm, disaster of this size takes a generation. “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for” is the reminder in Hebrews 11. We hope for recovery and compassion as this disaster raises our consciousness of our interconnected…

A New Era of Learning

In the old days, to learn at church you came to worship or Bible study. You attended Sunday School or Confirmation class. This fall, learning at Pilgrim enters the next phase of church life. Institutions of all forms and sizes have been doing virtual learning for years. If you want to train on how to work kids, the Scouts of America have…