There Comes a Time

In January 1995 Wendell Williamson, a graduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill, walked down a busy street and began shooting an automatic weapon at people. He killed two and injured two others before being wounded by police officers and...

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Angels Unaware

Today's Devotion: Angels Unaware   Last Sunday we focused on the importance of showing grace. This is never more important than in church. People come hoping to experience grace, even if it's not a conscious thought. One thing just...

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Justified by faith. It is another battle cry of the Reformation. We will learn Sunday why this basic affirmation of Paul was so radical at the time. And we'll consider what makes it revolutionary today. We got a sense of that this...

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Just Keep Playing...

With so much angst from news about weather and other matters, maybe you will find this story as encouraging as I did this week.   Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice once described to a Sunday school class at National Presbyterian...

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Stubborn Ounces

Today's Devotion: Stubborn Ounces     We have all been undone (as we should be) over the images coming from Texas. Our hearts go out to so many. Folks in St. Luke's have been affected. Several have family members who...

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The Church is No Place for Politics

That got your attention didn’t it! I’ve heard that statement a few times in my ministry, and yes, even since coming to Indiana. Sometimes people say it because they look to the church as a place of refuge from all the division and...

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Reflections on Haiti

Bonjou!  Our team of 19 arrived home Sunday night at Midnight, sunburned and tired, but full of hope from the progress we witnessed in Haiti.  Pastor Dave and Josh Sweeney left Thursday morning with a group of 23 youth and parents, to...

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Reformation Then and Now

Today's devotion will be a bit more like a travelogue, but I wanted to share some highlights of our trip. Last Wednesday we arrived in Prague for several days learning about John Huss, the martyred Reformer who lived a century before Luther. Then...

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Camp Luke Reflections

Last week we offered our annual “Camp Luke” experience. (For those of you who aren’t familiar with the lingo, it’s our version of Vacation Bible School.) It was my eighth year to help lead Summer Splash, and I can truly...

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My Father's Hands

“Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me.” Psalm 139:10 This is a great Father’s Day story from Guidepost by Buddy Valastro, the star of TV’s Cake Boss. (This story really gets me as I...

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