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!
That’s a question every parent, and grandparent, has asked hundreds (if not thousands) of times. And there’s two probable answers to the question, depending on the circumstance: please or thank you. With the days growing shorter and football season growing longer, we are getting closer to that most fundamental of American holidays: Thanksgiving. It’s a… Continue reading Now, what do you say?
All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along. (Galatians 2:10) We’ve probably all had the experience of not being able to see something that was right in front of us, whether it’s a set of keys, a screen door, or… Continue reading If Only…
“Franklin! Franklin! Slow down!” These were words that my Grandma said to my Grandpa when he was driving the car and I was sitting in the back seat. Grandma was into safety before safety was in. She always required me to have my seat belt buckled, and we crossed the road looking both ways and… Continue reading As if Your Life Depended On It!
They were out in the countryside with no restaurants nearby and 5000 hungry men, not to mention women and children. When they reported this obvious fact to Jesus and advised him to send the people away to get dinner, Jesus said something shocking. “You give them something to eat.” And they did a quick check… Continue reading You Do It!
Free Gift! What do you think when you hear those words? I know the first thought that comes to my mind. “Ok … what do you want?” I’m suspicious that if I don’t have to spend money, then what I’ll have to spend is some of my time. And when someone I don’t know… Continue reading Good News and Good Deeds
Recently, I’ve read the book Our Kids, written by Harvard Professor Robert Putnam. In it, he argues that there is a widening opportunity gap for today’s kids. Children from homes with lower incomes are facing greater and greater challenges than ever before. Why? Among other reasons, they lack something Putnam calls “Social Capital.” Plainly speaking,… Continue reading Community with a Cause
Extreme. That’s a word that brings to mind such images as mountaintops, whitewater, deep snow with sub-zero cold and hot sand with blistering heat. I spent two hours this past (week?) just reading and reflecting on the events of Holy Week, and that’s the word that came to mind. Jesus entered Jerusalem to a cheering… Continue reading A Week of Holy Passion