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Reading the Signs?

December 18, 2013

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“Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:  the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.”  Isaiah 7: 14 Signs are everywhere.  I’ve counted 75 road signs in the ¼ mile between my house and the closest major intersection in the center of my town.  You literally can not […]

A Good Exhaustion

November 12, 2013

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As we move through the fall season of ministry, there can be a vast array of feelings and thoughts that we experience. Jubilation.  Frustration.  Joy. Longing for Rest.  The pace from the start of school through Thanksgiving can really affect our hearts and minds.  It’s natural to get to a point of exhaustion and sense […]

Context, Culture, and Communication

March 26, 2013

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In John Chapter 7, the Jewish people were celebrating the Feast of the Tabernacles.  The yearly Feast commemorated the 40 years of Israel’s wanderings through the desert.  The high point of the Feast occurred each night when water was brought up from the Pool of Siloam and delivered to the Temple.  The Jews celebrated God’s […]

The Unexpected Voice of God

December 11, 2012

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The season of Advent has begun.  For centuries, the church has selected readings for worship that are intended to lead us to Bethlehem, to the stable, to Jesus – the Word made flesh.  Last Sunday’s New Testament reading comes from Luke 3: 1-6: In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate […]

What’s all the Hunger about?

April 17, 2012

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The “Hunger Games” is sweeping the country and has become a universal hit among moviegoers and readers, especially young women and girls.  At the center of the story is Catniss; a most intriguing and inspiring heroin.  Yet, why is there such universal appeal to a story whose main plot line runs through child sacrifice as […]

The Third Leg of Making Disciples

March 6, 2012

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I just returned from our Area’s annual trip to rural El Salvador with over 130 kids and leaders from Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo.  We’ve been returning to the same region for 6 years and each year the work has grown in depth and numbers.  Flying home, I was overwhelmed thinking about how we got to […]

The Power of a Nickname

January 17, 2012

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We’ve heard it said before that a person’s favorite word is their name.  We’ve all learned the importance of repeating names and learning them as fast as possible.  People are always impressed when we’re able to recall their names after an initial meeting. It communicates that we care. It communicates that they are important. Giving […]