As I was walking over to the church this morning, my mind was preoccupied with the words from my morning devotional. Although I had read them a little while ago, I could not shake the impact that they had upon me. So I wanted to share them with you and see if together we can learn something. In today’s entry from The Henri Nouwen Society, I read these words that I want to share with you and invite you to consider:
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
This has not happened before. . . Let me explain. . .
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Monday, April 26, 2021
This weekend I spent some time re-reading the work of Gregory of Nazianzus. I was first introduced to Gregory’s work as part of my M.Div studies at Pittsburgh Seminary. My theological professor often referred to Gregory and spoke glowingly about his teachings. As I read his work the first time in class I was amazed at how clearly Gregory spoke to issues and needs of the 20th century—issues that he could not have anticipated or understood.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
In his book, The Blue Mountain of China, Rudy Wiebe writes these words that have been with me all week. While there is a bit of rhythm to this quotation, I find that it reads like a prayer to God; a prayer of faithfulness and of hope.
In fact you have a new attitude toward everything, toward everybody.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
While I was waiting for an appointment yesterday I heard a story that I wanted to share with you from the podcast “Unlocking the Magic."
Monday, April 12, 2021
I witnessed an interesting story this morning that I wanted to share with you. . . Perhaps you have found yourself in a similar moment.
Thursday, April 8, 2021
In the book that I am currently reading we find the story of Bill McKibben. He is an author and activist. In the 1990s Bill approached his local cable company and made a strange request of them. He sought to copies of every single thing that they broadcast for a full 24-hour period—just one day. He wanted all of the shows, the commercials, the movies, everything that this company broadcast so that he could study them. Surprisingly the cable company handed over the video tapes which were approximately 1700 hours worth of material.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
So with the message of Easter still touching our hearts, and knowing that we are trying to dwell “with” our community and offer them space, what happens when life gets in the way?
Monday, April 5, 2021
Easter worship was a blessing (I know that’s an understatement but it is true). At Plains we celebrated the truth that Jesus has defeated death once again. Evil tired to control God, tried to force God to submit, and God would have none of it. God was victorious! The love that God has for each of us is so strong that it sent Jesus to the one place that He never went before. God’s love called Jesus to be alone. For as we know throughout all of eternity Jesus lived in a perpetual state of union with God in heaven. They was never a time that any of the three persons of the Trinity were separated from each other. They knew total communion.
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