Behind The Scenes, Week 2 — “Beauty And The Bleh”

So there's a beauty: Esther. And there's bleh: her life situation, her predicament, her enemies. Why have both synagogue and church always included such a sordid, "godless," story in their Scriptures?  What does Esther 2 have to say to us in 2018. Quite a lot.  It's a...

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Methodist Experiment

With some frequency, our Next Step Membership Workshop will involve an experiment. A Methodist experiment.   And while the people in the class change, the results of the experiment rarely do. Here it is.  At the beginning of our third evening together, I ask the...

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What I Thought The Bible Was. What I’ve Learned It Is.

Until about 12-15 years ago, I thought of the bible like this: A collection of pearls.  Isolated jewels, verses that packed punch and meaning, the parts always greater than the whole. In this way of reading the bible, the book of Ephesians, for example, means little...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Summer Songs

Guess what?  Tomorrow's the 4th of July. The midpoint of summer, at least emotionally if not technically. The time to take stock of what summer is all about.  And to count down the top five summer songs.     5. The Lovin' Spoonful, Summer In The City....

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