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October 4, 2017 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
August 2, 2017 Worship 101 (6) This week I offer the final installment of the Worship 101 series of Pastor’s Messages. The last movement of worship, still part of The Liturgy of the Sacrament, is called The Sending. Just as we believe that it is God 0
July 26, 2017 Worship 101 (5) I have appreciated the favorable response I have received on this summer’s Pastor’s Message series on worship, which I am calling Worship 101. This week, I begin comments on the second movement of worship, The Liturgy of the Sacrament. Think 0
July 18, 2017 Worship 101 (4) As we continue our Worship 101 series of Pastor’s Messages this summer, we come to the portion of the Liturgy of the Word known simply as The Word. The worship service has opened with a response of praise to God 0