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Several quick things…

June 23rd, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

First, a reminder that our summer worship schedule begins this Sunday with services at 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. through Labor Day weekend. We return to our normal schedule September 10th. Second, there are still a few spaces left for our pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine in the latter half of October. Click here for detailed information and… Read More

A shout out to fatherhood…

June 16th, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

This year I can’t resist joining the Hallmark marketing moment courtesy of fathers. Likely I’m motivated by grandfather-hood, and by observing how my daughter and son-in-law are managing the early parenthood years. (They’re doing great, btw.) I well remember receiving my firstborn at the age of 29 immediately following his debut into the world. Holding… Read More

It will be hard…

June 2nd, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

It will be hard, I know.  But you owe it to yourself, your well-being, and the well-being of those you love, too.  I don’t know why it’s so hard, really, given the positive payoffs.  It’s likened to stepping away from an addiction.  I know what it means to fight the compulsive pull of the miserable… Read More

Abounding Grace and Gratitude

May 19th, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

One response to our current national malaise has us throwing up our hands in frustration believing there’s nothing to be done to move our national program forward. Another has us finding our tribe on social media and ratcheting up the ranting in an echo chamber bubble. But a third response might be this: actually deciding… Read More

Transparency

April 28th, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

In 1905, Albert Schweitzer turned from his well-established and highly accomplished career in philosophy, music, and theology to medicine so that he could work in Africa on behalf of the Paris Missionary Society. Explaining his decision, he wrote, “For years I have been giving of myself in words;” he no longer wished to talk a… Read More

Lenten Reflections – Reconciliation – Easter

April 16th, 2017 by Admin

Brian Pinter I know that it won’t be possible to achieve reconciliation with all the people I would like to.  Some are dead and gone, with others I don’t have any kind of relationship now.  I think of the old boss who was not truthful with me, or the jealous colleague who went out of… Read More

Lenten Reflections – Reconciliation – Day 46

April 15th, 2017 by Admin

Kuda Chibanda For a long while, this is how I thought about forgiveness:                Sin                                 —————————-    *   Forgiveness    =   Reconciliation Repentance (Yes, I’m a huge nerd). In my mind,… Read More

Lenten Reflections – Reconciliation – Day 45

April 14th, 2017 by Admin

Rozella Clyde What type of justice does God ask of us? Under what circumstances is forgiveness possible? The Christ Church 2017 Lenten reflections are built upon Marjorie J. Thompson, Forgiveness: A Lenten Study.  In a rather chicken/egg dilemma, in Chapter 6, Thompson examines the relationship between reconciliation and forgiveness.  At the same time, she places… Read More

Lenten Reflections – Reconciliation – Day 44

April 13th, 2017 by Admin

Bola Esho As a subscriber to the wisdom that forgiveness is freedom, I forgive easily.   Waste emotions over trivial things? No way! I guess I’ve been lucky…much of what I’ve needed to forgive has been trivial or included a heartfelt apology. Until I was not so lucky. I mean, how do you easily forgive… Read More

Lenten Reflections – Reconciliation – Day 43

April 12th, 2017 by Admin

Connie Cilley “The next stop is Reconciliation Station!” said the voice on the loud speaker… “Those were the sweetest/scariest words I had heard,” I said as I messaged Chad. Quickly he responded, “You made the journey to Reconciliation Station? What did you find there?” “Well, it all started when my friend sinned against me.” It… Read More