Beyond Charity

A few Sundays ago during coffee time after church somebody asked me how to make an argument to persuade others to help the poor.  As a trained theologian, my first response is to point out the endless biblical commands to love the poor, the orphaned and the needy.  Jesus says...

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A Word On Grief

The grief we all feel as a nation now is right and appropriate. It is an unspeakable tragedy. We must do everything we can to support the people of Newtown, CT. Sadly, however, each day in our nation and world there is also the daily tragedy of the abuse, neglect,...

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Go Pitch a Tent This Christmas

In the beginning, the Word was already there. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were made through him. Nothing that has been made was made without him. 4 Life was in him, and that life was the light...

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Presence Equals Love

I am no hero Oh, that’s for sure But I do know one thing Is where you are is where I belong I do know where you go Is where I want to be….Dave Matthews While I am pretty sure this song, “ Where Are You Going?”, is not found...

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The Shattering of My World View

It’s October 16 of 1998, I’m 29 years old and life is really starting to take shape for Pam and me—in ways I never could have imagined. I have one more semester of seminary until graduation—it has been a long four years but I think I have grown a lot...

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