Month: March 2019

Once upon a time, when I was young, I was a terrible Boy Scout. I had been a Cub Scout. I had worked my way through the ranks. I was a bobcat, and a tiger, and a wolf, and a bear, and a webelos. It wasn’t too difficult. The Cub Scout motto is, “Do Your Best.” And if there’s one thing I can do, it’s my best… even when my best isn’t that good. But then I became a Boy Scout. Now, the way I remember is that when I became a Boy Scout, I got the first rank…
A new issue of the Carillon Notes is available! Check it out here! And a reminder that the deadline for the next Carillon Notes is March 18, 2019. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
Sunday sermon preview: I’m not prepared. I don’t have my stuff together. I’m just trying my best… and what’s someone who’s just trying his best to do? Facebook Twitter Buffer…
For Lent this year, a group of us is reading Rachel Held Evans’ book Searching for Sunday. I’ve read it before, of course. But one of the joys of having a book group for Lent is that I get to re-read it… carefully… with and eye toward talking about it. And one of the things that Held Evans does really well is describe why she—who has struggled with her conservative evangelical upbringing and with the wider church for years—is still a part of the Christian church. She writes this: At its best, the church functions much like a recovery…
Faith in Motion is a an eight week series that includes activities, discussion, and fun for students from 2nd through 7th grade. And the spring 2019 sessions begin on Wednesday, March 27! The spring theme is “Lean on Me”. We will discuss and explore all the great people these kids have to lean on, including Jesus, their friends, their family, their community, and more. The series will end with a cookout and parents vs. kids kickball game on May 15. All sessions are in the intermediate school gym. 2nd through 4th graders meet from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. 5th through…
Sunday sermon preview: If the church, at its best, is a recovery group for struggling and imperfect people—if church is a recovery group for sinners—then one of the things that we do during Lent is make a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
A simple truth: someone else having enough does not hurt me. There’s an episode of The Simpsons where Lisa, the smart and justice-oriented daughter of the title family accuses her hapless and dimwitted dad, Homer, or being jealous of Apu, the proprietor of the local Kwik-E-Mart, for… reasons. And Homer replies, “I’m not jealous, I’m envious. Jealousy is when you worry someone will take what you have. Envy is wanting what someone else has. What I feel is envy.” And Lisa checks a dictionary and is astonished to discover that Homer—again, hapless and dimwitted—is right. You will probably never…
Sunday sermon preview: The simple truth is that someone else having enough does not hurt me. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
Welcome to Lent. Lent is a strange season. Last week, I told you that it is traditionally a time of fasting and repentance. It is a time to think about who we are and who God wants us to be and how we get from the former to the latter. It is a time of contemplation… …a time to contemplate our mortality with ashes on our heads and the whispered words, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you will return.” …a time to contemplate our transgressions with prayer and self-denial and the words of a voice calling…
Sunday sermon preview: How many times should you forgive someone? Until they get it right. Until you get it right. Facebook Twitter Buffer…

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