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An Open Letter to My Community

We’ve gone from the horror of the images out of Paris to a week of anti-refugee talk from media and politicians that is not only distasteful but contrary to the teachings of the biblical witness. 435 more words


Sermon -- November 22, 2015 (Christ the King) -- The Rev. Ken Schmidt

So, here we are, the final encounter; Jesus and Pilate.  The power of God’s love face to face with the power of Rome.  The way of peace and love confronting the way of fear and force. 839 more words


Improving Samaritans

By comparison to the “Ideal Samaritan” we’re all quite “Inadequate Samaritans” don’t you think? Since we’re not very much like him, “Good Samaritan” (Luke 10) status seems a little too lofty to my ears, so I’d like to recommend that we at least aspire to the rank of… 1,008 more words

Keep Your Pantry Clean

Ever have the urge to clean out a closet or office, only to get in the middle of the task and feel overwhelmed by it all? 430 more words


Some more excuses of not-so-good Samaritans

I offer a few more suggested excuses for being less than ideal Samaritans

  • “I don’t have time to help so-called ‘underserved’ people. I’m too busy just trying to raise my family and pay the mortgage.”

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Lately I  have had the ‘pleasure’ of driving our teenage daughter to the chiropractor three days a week after school. She is a serious student, so for years now her mood has depended on how her school day went, how much homework she has and any looming projects in mind. 248 more words


Getting the Real Point of the Good Samaritan Story

In France: A Fabric Torn a prominent pastor wrote about the attacks in Paris:

Now is a time for France — and all of us — to hear the words of Jesus, “Do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem ?

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