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December 20, 2017 The Courage to Live Kind and Generous Lives This has been a challenging year for many people. I am aware of how many people I know who feel a constant undercurrent of anxiety. There is no way to mince words about it — since the election of Donald 0
December 13, 2017 Wait! Watch! Be Ready! Advent is, in theory, the season in which our faith life is to be focused on the birth of Jesus Christ. Of course, we are not literally focused on the birth of Jesus Christ, because his birth has already taken 0
December 6, 2017 Christ’s Ministry of Love, Peace, and Justice I cannot believe the degradation of our faith that is going on in the most visible expression of Christianity in the United States today: the conservative evangelical movement. As I have mentioned in recent sermons, I was witness to the 0
November 29, 2017 The Heart of the Church’s Mission About once a month, I get together with two colleagues for coffee. We are all about the same age, and about the same vintage from seminary. When we graduated from seminary, in the late 1980s, the expectation was that we 0
November 22, 2017 A Simple Exercise As we approach the beginning of a New Year in the liturgical cycle (we will start Year B on December 3, First Advent), and spend the coming month preparing to celebrate the Incarnation, the birth of our Lord and Savior, 0
November 15, 2017 Spiritual Giving Our Spiritual Giving campaign for 2018 has begun. If you did not pick up commitment cards at worship last Sunday, please look for them in the mail. This is our annual campaign to support the mission of MBPPC. Here are 0
November 8, 2017 Blessed to Live in God’s World I could, in this space, offer you my thoughts about the number of mass shootings that have taken place in the United States in recent weeks. I could present my convictions about why they happen, and how we might curtail 0
November 1, 2017 Momentous Events Two momentous events take place as I write this message: the 500th anniversary of the day an Augustinian monk named Martin Luther posted 95 theses, or calls to reform, on the door of the church in Wittenburg, Germany; and All 0
October 25, 2017 Spiritual Giving As we approach the formal launch of our annual Spiritual Giving Campaign, seeking commitments of time, money, and skills from everyone in the congregation, I want to highlight some of the central building blocks of spiritual giving as a Biblical 0
October 18, 2017 A Message from Allan Andrews It started out as two convention goers sitting down at adjacent tables at lunch one day in 2013. I had just begun my tenure as Director of Music Ministries at MBPPC when I attended the convention of the NW Division 0