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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
October 4, 2017 Finding Steadiness From Which to Reach out to Others In the 4th and 5th centuries, as the Roman Empire crumbled and fell (Rome was overthrown in 410CE), many Christians left the cities of the empire and lived in deserts around North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean. It was one 0
September 27, 2017 Go Out and Live Kind and Generous Lives There has always existed a tension between the Christian faith and the cultures within which its adherents live. This is one of those things in life that is never easily resolved, like what to do when a panhandler approaches. There 0
September 20, 2017 Set Apart as Holy I hope last Sunday’s sermon about the sacrament of Holy Baptism was helpful to those of you in worship. Before turning to the sacrament of Holy Communion this Sunday, I want to offer some summary comments about baptism, and some 0
September 13, 2017 The Sacraments of Baptism and Communion What “happens” to us when we are baptized? What difference does it make whether or not I am baptized? And what’s the deal with Communion? Do we really believe that we eat the body and blood of Jesus? Whether or 0
September 6, 2017 For You Are My Refuge I wonder what the world looks like through the eyes of our children at MBPPC. I am often inspired, and sometimes amazed, by the things the children say during our Children’s Message time in worship. They are often models of 0
August 16, 2017 This Gospel Work of Healing As I prepare to take two weeks’ vacation after this Sunday’s (August 20) worship service, my prayers continue to focus on the need for healing in our country, and the church’s essential role in that work. From what I have 0
August 10, 2017 A Message from Pastor Lee Like many other Protestant ministers, I carry with me an almost-daily awareness that we dwell very much on the margins of American culture. And, like many others, I am ambivalent about my situation. On the one hand, I see the 0