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Message Supplement (23 February 2014)

Today’s Sunday message comes from a closing section of the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus quotes from the Old Testament Jewish law and then weaves it into a gospel tour de force. Be advised that the issues discussed are not for the squeamish! The notable theme of conciliation...
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Message Supplement (2 February 2014)

Paul chats with us through one of today’s lectionary readings, that of 1 Corinthians 1:18-37. The focus is Paul’s view of wisdom. Brace yourself, ‘cause at some point I will disagree with our hallowed biblical author. We can trust Paul, but even he is not above criticism. The gist...
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Faith Fitness (28 January 2014)

Brrr! It’s cold over here. We’re nearing record lows and the frigid, silent air is freezing ice crystals on my kitchen window. My son Sean is home today due to the cold-related school closure. This means that we are both working from home today and glad that we can...
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Message Supplement (2 February 2014)

Paul chats with us through one of today’s lectionary readings, that of 1 Corinthians 1:18-37. The focus is Paul’s view of wisdom. Brace yourself, ‘cause at some point I will disagree with our hallowed biblical author. We can trust Paul, but even he is not above criticism. The gist...
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Faith Fitness (21 January 2014) “Mindfulness” –part 2!

Today we had another splendid meeting. As usual, our participants shared their life experiences since our last meeting, all with a thematic tie-in to our recent topic of mindfulness, which we began exploring and defining last week (see the post for 14 January). Given the quality and quantity of...
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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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