A Eulogy for a Friend

Though today is a day churning with a myriad of emotions, it is also a day that we recognize a beloved child of God and the ways she touched our lives. This is really what embracing each moment is all about, the realization that nothing is completely one thing or another – either all bad or all good. Life, the true gift of life, resonates in the tension of both/and.

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Love Big: A Review and An Idea

Last night, or should I say, in the wee hours of the morning, I did as I do when I can't sleep and I read an entire book. It was a book well worth the immersion because it sparked an idea that I can't wait to get started on. First, the book and my review: Love Big: The Power of Revolutionary Relationships to Heal the World by Rozella Haydee White  My experience with this book is very much what…

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Questions for a New Year

A New Year offers an opportunity for fresh beginnings and new perspectives. I will begin the year by reflecting on some questions that will support the intentions of who I want to be and also guide me into the life I want to lead. Won't you join me? What will I leave behind with the old year? Or, what will I say goodbye to and let go of so I can best step into all that the new…

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Who is Jesus For Us?

Sermon for Christ the King Sunday: Nov. 20, 2016 Over the past few weeks we have been unpacking together what it means to be a citizen. We have immersed ourselves in the words of the Beatitudes, considering this upside-down kingdom of God together, hearing that God blesses those who depend only on him, those who grieve, those who are humble, those who want to obey him (even more than they eat or drink…that’s a lot of obeying!) Jesus…

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The Rain is Falling

The rain is falling The candle is lit The tea is brewing and I I am here trying to breathe, to be, to bear to put words to the expanse that grows and growls and billows with each breath. But I am here. I am staying right here. This expanse is not a black hole, but a widening of will to hold on to this world Gd has given me this life of pain and joy these people…

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Growing Young, Chapter 7 Reflection

Be the Best Neighbors Churches that grow young recognize the careful dance that values both fidelity to Scripture's commands for holiness and knowing and graciously loving their neighbors... Much more than developing detailed policies or releasing theological position papers, these churches train and infuse their young people with an integrated discipleship that enables them to thrive in our complex world (237). A congregation is not just composed of those named on a membership roster. A congregation is a…

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Growing Young, Chapters 3 & 4 Reflection

Empathize with Today's Young People & Take Jesus' Message Seriously Growing Young is a book that can be easily read in small bites. Each chapter stands alone with its own message and data to be mulled over. However, they are part of a greater message and it is helpful to remember that they are pieces to a bigger puzzle. Different combinations will invoke a new perspective on the information shared, so I find it valuable to pair some specific…

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Living a Legacy of Love

Luke 12:13-21 A man in a crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to give me my share of what our father left us when he died.”Jesus answered, “Who gave me the right to settle arguments between you and your brother?” Then he said to the crowd, “Don’t be greedy! Owning a lot of things won’t make your life safe.” So Jesus told them this story: A rich man’s farm produced a big crop, and he said to himself,…

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Mexico Mission 2016: Reflection

Reflection by Elijah Evetts, 9th grade What is the main goal of the Mexico mission? Some may believe that the goal is to build a house but I believe it's really something different. I believe the real goal of the Mexico mission is to grow closer to the family - both the ones we are trying to build the house for and the church family as well. Now that we are back from Mexico, I feel as though…

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