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In the beginning, God planted a garden. That’s not a scientific statement, it’s a theological one. It’s not about the material origins of the cosmos. It’s about the relationship between God and the world. And I understand that it might seem like a delicate distinction, but it’s an important one. And if you want to learn more about it, then please come to our next I Have Questions, at noon, on Saturday, September 28th, where we’ll talk about Genesis and science. (Bring a lunch). For now, we’ll have to settle for this. It’s not a scientific statement, but it’s…
Sunday sermon preview: In the beginning, God planted a garden. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
September is coming up fast, and with September comes our fall programming! And we have some exciting stuff coming up. Bible Study for all ages begins on Wednesday, September 18th. Our Fall Bible Study will focus on the book of Ruth, and will run for four weeks, ending on Wednesday, October 9th. The Study will meet at 5:30pm in Fellowship Hall. Book Study will pick up when Bible Study ends. Our Fall/Winter book study will begin on Wednesday, October 16th and run through Wednesday, December 11th. We’ll be reading The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers: Spiritual Insights From the…
I have been told that you can’t pick and choose what parts of the Bible you believe. It’s all or nothing. And that if I want to be a real Christian—a real follower of Jesus—I have to believe every chapter and every verse: the easy parts about love and grace; and the hard parts about sin and damnation. Just like those early believers did, the ones who had heard the good news of Jesus Christ straight from Jesus Christ. Today is the third and final Sunday in a short summer sermon series on generosity. Next week, summer comes to…
A new issue of the Carillon Notes is available! Check is out here! And a reminder that the due date for the next Carillon Notes is September 22, 2019. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
Sunday sermon preview: “We have everything we need to start an orphanage. We have an orphan.” Facebook Twitter Buffer…
I am incredibly lucky. There’s a quote from the writer and theologian Frederick Buechner: “The place where God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger coincide.” It’s a quote that I heard a lot in seminary and continuing ed. Someone would bring it up almost any time that we started talking about being called by God. God is calling you to the place where your passions line up with the world’s needs. And I firmly believe that God is calling everyone to something. God is calling me… and you. God is…
Sunday sermon preview: Paul worked so that he could serve. He received so that he could give. He got stuff so that he could share. He lived out a little piece of the Kingdom of God. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
A few years ago, when I worked for Back Bay Mission, we got a new executive director. She wasn’t a member of the United Church of Christ, and I needed to introduce her to the denomination and to a whole bunch of people. So I took her to Cleveland. I took her to the annual meeting of the United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Services Ministries. And I took her to the national offices of the United Church of Christ. I introduced her to the people who work for the Council and to people who work…
Sunday sermon preview: I learned how to do that little by little. One terrifying step at a time. Facebook Twitter Buffer…

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