Where God Lives

A couple Sundays ago, I placed a picture I had taken in 2003 on the communion table face up but unseen by the congregation. I used the picture as an illustration for Scott Bruner and Cindy Hartman, whom I had invited to “come and see”...

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Time for Interfaith Hospitality

Pastor’s Perspective For some time, I’ve envisioned our church as being well situated to be instrumental in projects and               conversations that promote greater interfaith understanding. Perhaps we could even be the United...

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An Expansive Thankfulness

As we make plans to be in the company of family and friends, or perhaps taking a day to volunteer so that others may know the blessings of this holiday more fully, I am reminded of a little tidbit from John Calvin’s Institutes that I read...

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Civility, Humility, and Politics

This November, I’ll have been voting for 20 years. That first year I voted was when I was 18, and it was the election of 1996. My interest in our political process had been active since I was a child, but was particularly ignited when in 1992 my...

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Achieving Justice

I was struck by the headline of the Tulsa World this morning, echoing Police Chief Jordan’s words following the killing of Terence Crutcher by a Tulsa Police officer. “We will achieve justice in this case.” Perhaps it was just a turn of phrase...

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Stretching, Not Tearing.

I just finished meeting with Bishop Karen Oliveto, a woman whose name you have possibly seen lately in the news. Some believe her election, in the words of our Bishop, Robert Hayes, who wrote to us this week, “tears at the covenant that connects...

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Sabbath Rest

I write this pastor’s perspective amidst packing for a vacation with my kids to Silverthorne, Colorado—just outside Breckenridge. My parents have a church member at their Hot Springs church who has a 4 bedroom condo there and have encouraged my...

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In paradox

Okay—I promise not to dwell on this forever, but the experience of having a photograph of our church courtyard marquee resonate so powerfully with a huge audience tends to stir several pots of faith-life, creativity, and imagination. Let me share...

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Helping the Refugee

A few months ago I preached a sermon following the Paris attacks that terrorized the world with murders committed in the name of a twisted version of Islam. The massacre saturated the media, and prompted some politicians to ban the relocation of...

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