That's a Good Word...

"And hope does not disappoint us." (Romans 5:5) Before we start this series Sunday, what would you say is the most important word in the Bible? What captures best the reality of God's character and the significance of faith? That's packing a lot...

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What Did You Learn in Kindergarten?

"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Matthew 11:29         Does something seem terribly wrong with the world to have school buses back on...

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Back to School

My last month has been consumed with Back to School details. Backpacks, shoes, notebooks, hair cuts...the list goes on and on. However, this hyper focus on back to school details has not been for my own kids, Nathan and Margaret...

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The Nature of Empathy

A few months back, a friend on staff showed me a short video, setting a section of Brene Brown's TED talk to animation. (If you have 3 minutes, it is very worth your time-check it out below.)   The subject of the clip is the nature...

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Disciple Fast Track is Published!

Okay, I know this looks more like a shout out to my wife, but she wanted me to celebrate this as a credit to St. Luke's. Four years ago St. Luke's was the pilot for a revised version of Disciple Bible Study, first written by Susan's dad, Bishop...

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Enough is Enough!

It seems anger is the best way to sum up what people are feeling. Susette Hackney's opening words in her article on the front page of the paper today capture it well: "I am so weary. I am so angry. I want to throw things. And scream. And...

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For Freedom!

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1 Who doesn't get inspired by a genuine call to stand up for freedom? Just picture Mel Gibson in...

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Joyful No Matter What

"Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and God's provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance."(Philippians 1:18-19) Last Sunday I ended the message...

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Father's Day in Orlando

"For I am convinced that neither height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:39) That title is a bit presumptuous since I won't be in Orlando this...

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Pray for Orlando, AND...?

I learned about the Orlando massacre during the 11:00 service Sunday. Like you, I was shocked and angry. A 29-year-old man, Omar Mateen, killed 49 people and wounded at least 53 others at a gay nightclub in the worst mass shooting in American...

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