Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday. What do all these have in common? These three days Americans are urged to spend their money in preparation for the gift-giving season that climaxes on Christmas Day. Our consumer economy has most certainly learned how to capitalize on what many call, “The Season of Giving.” God,… Continue reading ‘Tis the Season – for Spiritual Gifts
Wouldn’t it be awesome to see a live dinosaur? I well remember when the movie “Jurassic Park” came out in 1993. I was particularly interested because I thought, well, it would be the closest I’d ever get to a live dinosaur. And I was so excited about it, I not only watched the movie, but… Continue reading The Big Story
Not being a native New Englander, one thing I very quickly noticed as a newcomer from the Midwest was that the roads around the area are very curvy! Even a drive to the grocery store, a mere 1.4 miles away, includes several bends. I’m amazed at home many times my hands must cross my body… Continue reading Slow Down in the Curves
When I was a kid, I loved to go fishing. During my Junior High years, mom would drop me and a couple friends at a lake and we would fish all day long. When I got old enough, I’d ride my bike. One morning, I really hit the jackpot! Just like the family cat after… Continue reading Take It Outside
As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him. (Mark 2:14) As we read the stories about Jesus in the Bible, it’s easy to see how the first disciples followed Jesus. They just left what they were… Continue reading The Truth of Trusts
“It takes money to make money.” Americans instinctively understand the concept of financial capital, which is money used by businesses to start and continue producing products and services. The more money is moving in a certain sector, the more businesses thrive. Then there’s the concept of social capital, which are social networks of relationships among… Continue reading Spiritual Capital
"I can only imagine what it will be like When I walk, by your side I can only imagine what my eyes will see When your face is before me." Those are the first few lines of MercyMe’s 1999 hit song. They invite the listener to exercise their imaginations forward to a face-to-face encounter… Continue reading Dare to Imagine!
Chances are, you are reading this on a computer - or perhaps a smaller electronic device of some kinds. Chances are not good you are reading it on paper. And it is nearly impossible that you are receiving this message verbally, in person. You might possibly remember the long-distance telephone ad slogan: “The Next Best… Continue reading Love Embodied
That’s a question that the German Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer asked at the same time that his native country came under the political influence of Adolf Hitler. The answer to that question - that Jesus Christ the man is Jesus Christ, God Almighty - would guide and sustain Bonhoeffer for the next 11 years. In 1933,… Continue reading Who is Jesus Christ, for us, today?
This Advent season at PCC, we’ve decided to do something a little different than we’ve ever done before. Ok, actually, very different. On the first two Sundays after Thanksgiving, we conducted a reverse offering, and gave every family in the church $100! But with this gift came this instruction: Use it to BLESS someone else… Continue reading Don’t Bury It!