Vine and Branches

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Jesus said, “I am the vine you are the branches if you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.” I’m sure I learned this verse from the gospel of John back in my Sunday School days as a child. It’s a great verse to go along with plant crafts and
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Well, Hello Again: Africa

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My travels on behalf of Feed The Children this week have taken Kevin and I back to the continent of Africa. It’s been over a year since we last stood on this land. It has been a year when our hearts have grown in courage– for all that a responsibility for such a time as
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Creating What Doesn’t Exist

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People ask me all the time what I miss about church life? Do I miss preaching all the time? Do I miss the committee meetings? Do I miss the hospital visits? Do I miss the cranky people calling me after church on Sunday afternoon? I’m not really sure how to answer these questions. Because yes,
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What Does It Mean to Wait?

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Today I’m still thinking a lot about what it means to wait . . . My friend Sarah and I were catching up the other day on the phone. We’d hadn’t talked to each other in months so we quickly got down to the essence of what is going on in the ups and downs
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When You’re In Between

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I haven’t posted in over a week for one reason: I haven’t had anything to say. For the blogging queen (as some of my friends call me), it is quite a big deal to be silent. I currently am living in this “in between” time– between what was familiar and what was traditional and what
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My Faith is Essential to Who I Am

There seems to be nothing profound about this statement. If you know anything about my background, you know that I graduated from seminary and I served two particular churches as a full-time pastor for 6 years. I blog all the time about religious centric topics. Duh, of course, my faith is essential to who I
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Abundant Life

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Jesus says to his disciples: “I have come that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). It’s one of those scripture passages that I’ve had in my head for years thanks to all that time spent in church. It’s one of those scriptures that prosperity gospel types like to quote when
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Why Do You Pray?

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As a child, I was taught that prayer was talking to God. It was right to give thanks to God for food. I was encouraged to pray for those who were going through difficult times. I learned that if you didn’t confess sin before you prayed then God wouldn’t be too happy with you. And,
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To Love Mercy

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Mark 10:17-31 Last week, we began by asking ourselves some big picture questions as a congregation: who are we? And where are we going? Following the lead of Micah 6:8, we answered by remembering that our first calling as a community is to do justice by simply opening our eyes and seeing people that we
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I’m Not Smart Enough

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Excuses Series: I’m Not Smart Enough–Mark 9:30-37 Have you ever found yourself in a situation or a conversation with someone and have wanted to throw up your hands and say, “This is all just over my head. What you are saying is beyond me!” Maybe this was a time you were in Algebra in high
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