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Category Archives: From the Pastor

  1. Knowing Who We Are in the Midst of Change

    I’ve been reading a fantastic book, which was referenced in the National Gathering, titled Tempered Resilience by Tod Bolsinger. The book lays out that leaders in the face of rapid change need to develop the strength and flexibility of tempered steel.

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  2. Our Time or God’s Time?

    In Greek there are two words for “time.” One is “chronos” which refers to chronological time and is the root of the word chronology. The other is “kairos” and this refers to the right or opportune moment. I like to think of kairos as God’s time.

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  3. God Works in the Rise and Fall of Nations

    I’m thinking someone needs to write a version of St. Augustine’s “City of God” for today.

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  4. What are you doing with the right now?

    The start of a new year always tugs our thinking both backwards and forwards. We reflect on 2020 with its hardships and blessings, and we look forward to 2021 hoping for an easier year and perhaps setting some goals. This is both natural and healthy, but what I’m thinking about and want you to think about is right now. 

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  5. What were you expecting?

    I’m thinking about expectations today. Did you get what you expected for Christmas? 2020 was certainly not what we expected. Yet perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by the unexpected.

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  6. The Silence of Advent, the Hallelujah of Christmas

    I stumbled on a quote today that fits so perfectly with some of what we unpacked last week looking at the carol “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence.”  The quote comes from Miles Davis who said, “In music, silence is more important than sound.”

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  7. The Weary World Rejoices

    The combination of anticipating lighting the “joy” candle in our advent wreath on Sunday and reading an excellent reflection titled “The Weary World Rejoices” has me thinking a lot about how to cultivate joy in the midst of our weary, waiting world.

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  8. The hopes and fears of this strange year

    I had the chance to meet this week with my ECO pastors covenant group. With the carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and its line about “the hopes and fears of all the years are met in you tonight” as a prompt, we were encouraged to frame our check-in with one another by identifying some of our current hopes and fears.

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  9. Advent shapes our expectations

    I’ve been thinking a lot about expectations. There are always such high expectations around Christmas, and this year those expectations are higher than ever. Some people who had to cancel summer plans because of COVID-19 managed their disappointment by placing their hope on Christmas. Some even set up their Christmas decorations back in August, yet now it appears Christmas will face its own restrictions and many expectations will not be met.

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  10. Giving Thanks in the Midst of a Difficult 2020

    Prepositions matter! 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to “give thanks in all circumstances.”  I’m really glad the command isn’t to “give thanks for all circumstances.” There are lots of things I cannot and even should not give thanks for this year, but in the midst of 2020 we can and must give thanks. Why?  Because God is in the midst of all of it and he is over all of it, working for our good.

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