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 Lessons from Starbucks What the church can learn by Samuel Son   I am in Philadelphia in the research room of Presbyterian Historical Society, surrounded by shelves holding General Assembly minutes from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) going back to 1707. I am reading the following lines from a report titled, “The General Assembly Faces the… Read more »

The B-Flat Christian

The Clothes of Christ by Rebecca Lister So, our chocolate Easter bunnies and peeps have been hastily eaten. Our brightly colored eggs that were hidden so carefully have been discovered. We drank in the smell of our Easter lilies as we planted them. We sang our hearts out in “Christ the Lord is Risen Today,… Read more »

justleros: more than nonsense / más que disparates

Pruner God A Revised Common Lectionary resource for April 29 by Magdalena I. García ‘He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit.’ – John 15:2 Read the full lectionary passage here Pruner God, we offer up our arid, thorny, sterile… Read more »

Living in Between

Let’s talk about sex Are you in the conversation? by Abby King-Kaiser   The first time I got catcalled in the street, I had parked my car and was walking to a twice a week volunteer gig as at a local community developer, where I wrote thank you notes to donors, organized closets and answered… Read more »

justleros: more than nonsense / más que disparates

Like a hired hand A Revised Common Lectionary resource for April 22 by Magdalena I. García ‘The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away — and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.’ – John 10:12 Read the… Read more »

justleros: more than nonsense / más que disparates

Open our minds A Revised Common Lectionary resource for April 15 by Magdalena I. García “Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures.” – Luke 24:45 Read the full lectionary passage here When we waste food while others go hungry, open our minds to understand the scriptures. When we ignore the homeless and judge… Read more »

The Church for Today

It’s SOCIAL Media… not an electronic bulletin board by Richard Hong    You’ve felt the pressure. The church needs a Facebook page. Should we be on Instagram? But while many churches are trying to have a presence on social media, most are being ineffective. And the primary reason they are failing is they are forgetting… Read more »

Hopeful Church

Does the Church really need to be fixed?   by N. Graham Standish    I recently spoke with a pastor about a church from his past. He had felt called to go there, believing he could fix it, but then felt defeated, lamenting that it was just too broken to fix… or was it? He’s… Read more »

justleros: more than nonsense / más que disparates

Peace, faith and power A Revised Common Lectionary resource for April 8 by Magdalena I. García Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’ – John 20:29 Read the full lectionary passage here When we are afraid to… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: Easter Sunday, April 1

  Resurrection of the Lord: Because he lives! Isaiah 25:8 • . . . he will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. Luke 24:5 • The… Read more »