Tag Archives: Church

Not What He Expected!

I got a chuckle out of a story that I read on pages 155-156 of M. Scott Peck’s Further Along the Road Less Traveled: The Unending Journey Toward Spiritual Growth. A man came up to the minister after the church … Continue reading

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Saturday and Doubt

Church this morning was about Doubting Thomas.  The pastor was talking about the problem of Jesus not being present with his disciples or anyone else on earth between the times of his crucifixion and his resurrection.  Jesus was not healing … Continue reading

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Easter for Doubters and Rebellious Unbelievers?

I went to Easter vigil last night at a Catholic church with my Mom and her husband.  This morning, I went to Easter services at the Presbyterian church that I normally attend. I gained a fresh appreciation for a post … Continue reading

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A Christ to Love

At church this morning, we celebrated Palm Sunday, which commemorates Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey that had never been ridden. The pastor made three points that really stood out to me.  First of all, the pastor said that … Continue reading

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The Different Tithing Laws in the Torah

I’m going through the Book of Deuteronomy for my daily quiet time, and what I would like to talk about in this post is the different laws on tithing in Numbers 18 and Deuteronomy.  Biblical scholars have discussed this issue … Continue reading

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Humility and the Liturgy

At church this morning, I had an interesting discussion.  The lady who was supposed to lead the liturgy part of the service today is away at a basketball game (which, if I’m not mistaken, is the state championship), and so … Continue reading

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Spiritual Experiences: Discipline and Quiet

On page 286 of Circle of Life: Traditional Teachings of Native American Elders, James David Audlin talks about attitudes to avoid when one wants to receive a vision: “If we decide in our own minds, ‘I am never going to … Continue reading

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Ceremony, Structure, and Mindfulness

On pages 211-212 of Circle of Life: Traditional Teachings of Native American Elders, James David Audlin talks about the importance of ceremony: “Among traditional peoples worldwide, the philosophy is, as one Grandmother put it to me: ‘Let everything you do … Continue reading

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Individualism and Community

At church this morning, an issue that was swimming through my mind was individualism and community. The hymns that we sang this morning largely seemed to focus on the individual’s relationship with God.  God loves me.  God has forgiven me.  … Continue reading

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Jesus’ First Coming, and We’re Here Because of Love

At church this morning, the pastor’s sermon was about the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.  The pastor said that Christmas from now on may be an especially hard time for the families of the children and faculty members who were … Continue reading

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