Year: 2015

Ending and Beginning

New Years. Well, this is my last blog for 2015, #42.  I didn’t know that I wrote that much.  Let’s see: 52 sermons, 42 blogs, 12 newsletter articles, 40 letters to visitors and guests to church, a newspaper article, a

Christmas Reflection after One Year in Lincoln City

I was asked to write an article for the local newspaper, The NewsGuard, on becoming involved in our local community of Lincoln City.  I thought…but it’s Christmas.  So, I combined the two elements into this article which I share with

Crazy

Crazy. That one word summarizes so many of my feelings about our world and our culture right now. A man walks into an Abortion Clinic in Colorado Springs and murders 3. Political candidates insult anyone who poses a threat to

Mean Religious Children

On November 5, 2015, a study titled, “The Negative Association between Religiousness and Children’s Altruism across the World” was released to the international press.  This research was supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation (Science of Philanthropy Initiative).  Even

NT Part 9: The Rest of the Story

NT Part 9.   The Rest of the Story Have you ever wondered why a God who is supposed to be all powerful and all loving allows evil and violence and death and destruction in our world?  In the midst

NT Part 8: The Christian Way of Living

NT Part 8   The Christian Way of Living As we move to concluding our thoughts on how the ancient book of the Bible applies to life in the 21st Century we come to the rest of the New Testament.  The

NT part 7: The Holy Spirit

NT Part 7. Holy Spirit Jesus gave his disciples certain tasks to do (see the last blog).  These tasks, recorded in the ancient pages of the New Testament are daunting.  To think that we can be a tool used by

Church Picnic 2015

NT Part 6: Why the Church exists

NT Part 6:  Why the Church exists I began this lengthy series of blog posts on the Bible with the question, “How does this ancient book relate to people in the 21st Century?”  So much has changed since the original words

NT Part 5: The Church

NT, Part 5:   Church Today as I write this blog about The Church I remember the events of September 11, 2001, 9/11.  I grieve these events, the agony caused to so many in our nation and our world, and the

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