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Church growth: Connect, not attract Understanding ‘why’ before ‘what’ by Richard Hong   Too often we hear about something that is successful for another church and, when we look into it, our immediate thought is “that won’t work here.” We often reject what it is before understanding why it works. Why it works is about… Read more »

Gospel and Inclusivity

Remembering Honestly The truth behind our patriotic holidays by Samuel Son I attended two different churches on the Sunday before July 4th. They incorporated the holiday differently in their worship. One church had each military division carry their respective flags to the stage while the orchestra and the men’s choir played a rousing tune. Then… Read more »

justleros: more than nonsense / más que disparates

Deadly consequences A Revised Common Lectionary resource for July 15 by Magdalena I. García She went out and said to her mother, ‘What should I ask for?’ She replied, ‘The head of John the baptizer.’ – Mark 6:24 Read the full lectionary passage here Blessed are we when we resist the urge to silence those… Read more »

Sightings

Drawing with smoke Skywriting and other short-lived arts by Ken Rummer   The line is thin and gray, and loopy in an old-fashioned, cursive way. I notice it, quite by chance, through the glass of the sliding door to the deck, and it draws me to the pane for a closer look.  An elegant, gently… Read more »

The B-Flat Christian

The Brave Warriors of the Little Rock Nine The struggle to end school segregation in 1957 and today by Rebecca Lister Armed guards in schools to protect children from violence…who would imagine it?  It happened in 1957. Several months ago, I heard an interview on NPR’s “Fresh Air” that still stays with me. The interview… Read more »

justleros: more than nonsense / más que disparates

Travel light A Revised Common Lectionary resource for July 8 by Magdalena I. García He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. – Mark 6:8-9 Read the full lectionary passage here… Read more »

Hopeful Church

Maybe We Just Don’t Get It!  … or teaching old dogs new tricks by Graham Standish “Dad,… you just don’t get it!” How many times have I heard that refrain from one of my daughters? “Okay,… help me get it,” I reply. They just roll their eyes and mutter, “Never mind.” Not getting it is the… Read more »

justleros: more than nonsense / más que disparates

Bleeding on the doorstep A Revised Common Lectionary resource for July 1 by Magdalena I. García She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” – Mark 5:27-28 Read the full lectionary passage… Read more »

justleros: more than nonsense / más que disparates

A great windstorm A Revised Common Lectionary resource for June 24 by Magdalena I. García Inspired by women honored at the 223rd General Assembly for their efforts to challenge racism and oppression, and for their pioneering work on fossil fuel divestment. https://www.pcusa.org/news/2018/6/17/pcusa-recognizes-three-women-faith-award/ https://www.pcusa.org/news/2018/6/20/not-one-step-back/ He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace!… Read more »

justleros: more than nonsense / más que disparates

Be like the seed A Revised Common Lectionary resource for June 17 by Magdalena I. García He also said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground.’ – Mark 4:26 Read the full lectionary passage here Be like the seed: undeterred by smallness. Be like the seed: willing to… Read more »