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Message Supplement (26 January 2014)

Today’s message arises from Matthew chapter four, where we find Jesus in the early stages of his public ministry. John the Baptist had been arrested and quickly fades from the gospel story. Meanwhile, Jesus begins to wander and proclaim a powerful message as he builds God’s kingdom. The distinctiveness...
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Faith Fitness (14 January 2014) “Mindfulness”

The Faith Finess study group that met on 14 January focused on the topic of mindfulness, a hot issue among both mental health professionals and those non-specialists among us. The narrative below captures the essence of our latest discussion as shared with that day’s class participants. More than simply...
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Confection Confession (February Newsletter Article)

  Confection Confession Okay, I have a confession to make. But first, I have a pre-confession: I will be somewhat silly today so read at your own risk. You may encounter a rambling narrative not at all what you’d think from your Harvardian minister. “What!” you may exclaim. “Is...
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Message Supplement (19 January 2014)

How do you feel about hearing the obvious? Sometimes, we can hear a spiritual truth so often that we can become immune to its power. It is easy to repeat basic religious beliefs in a way that leads to taking them for granted, or worse yet, becoming hardened and...
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Message Supplement (12 January 2014)

We focus on the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry as written in Matthew 3:13-17. The initiating event began with Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist, who was at first reluctant to perform the task. After all, John had said that Jesus was greater than he was. Nevertheless, Jesus wanted...
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Message Supplement (5 January 2014)

It’s time to bring more light into the world. Indeed, this is one of the key themes from today’s lectionary selection in John 1:1-13 and Ephesians 1:3-14. The Gospel according to John is a quite different account of Jesus’ life and ministry, and the opening verses are no exception....
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Message Supplement (December 29)

Christmas is over and we’ve just finished celebrating Jesus’ birth. Now, rather than dwelling upon the idyllic imagery of the nativity, we are invited to move forward as we realize that the baby Jesus didn’t stay long in that manger. An angel warned Mary and Joseph to take his...
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Message Supplement (December 24)

Do you have a [spiritual] life? Christmas is the time where the religious focus is on birth, including the manger scene with the baby Jesus and all the pastoral trappings of that ancient first-family of faith. Even more so, God wants us to embrace the wonders of spiritual life...
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Message Supplement (December 22)

Today’s message is drawn from two selections of the Revised Common Lectionary, Psalm 80:1-7,17-19 and Romans 1:1-7. In the Psalms passages we have an uplifting message of hope and restoration. How fitting! Advent is a magnificent time of potential for individuals and churches. Psalms offers us timeless encouragement which...
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Faith Fitness (December 3)

Our discussion this past Tuesday continued the theme of how churches can be as healthy as possible. The article we circulated about church restructuring, renewal and re-engineering helped us sort out both problems and solutions. We know that many congregations are attempting to tap the creative energies of their...
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