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Auspicious and Dangerous | A Charge to a Pastor

On Sunday September 21, 2014 I offered this charge to Rev. Leonard Sponaugle on the occasion of his installation as Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Johnstown… 1,064 more words

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how to be a disciple of Jesus

Today I want to talk about the new class I’m teaching at WFPC; not so much teaching, really, as facilitating.

The point of the new class is to provide a place where those currently not enrolled in adult-education can explore what it means to live as intentional disciples of Jesus, rather than “ho-hum” church members; to “stand on the promises,” instead of merely sitting on the premises. 487 more words

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A Voice Crying in the Wilderness

Today I would like to develop further the idea I introduced yesterday of finding one’s voice. Isaiah 40:1-9 has spoken to me lately, and though the topic there is Jerusalem/Zion’s revival after a long season of disruption from Babylonian and Assyrian tyrants, there are parallels to today’s church and the role of prophet therein. 800 more words

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More than Mere Survival ... Sustainability

I’ve begun the first week of my first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) with Jeffrey D. Sachs of Columbia University.  This summer I presented a problem to the presbytery leader learning community in Connecticut … the problem, I proposed, is that church as we know it is not sustainable.   527 more words

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Losing One's Voice

One of the interesting, and somewhat disappointing, developments of this summer has been trouble with my breathing apparatus. My lungs check out very well, indeed, but the upper airways (trachea and bronchi) are stiffening. 911 more words

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Just one year of service?

Hello blog fans! Right now I’m sitting in The Well coffee shop (holla at you TJ) with my housemates Lillian and Katie. We’re sitting at the bar and for some reason my chair is shorter than everyone else’s so my laptop is almost equivalent height as my chin. 632 more words

Beautiful Imperfection

Today I’m exploring an idea that penetrates all the way – I believe – to the core of who we are as redeemed people. It involves most of my favorite “r”-words; you know the ones I mean: redemption, reconciliation, restoration, renewal, renovation, reinvention… and more. 629 more words

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