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Reflections from GA 222

Behind the scenes at General Assembly Track humbly with your God by Jodi Craiglow If you’ve known me for even three seconds, you know that I’m a diehard polity wonk. I’m fascinated by what I like to call the “mathematics of human relationships” – the systems by which diverse people from diverse backgrounds and diverse… Read more »

Reflections from GA 222

Yes and… Telling a grace-first story at General Assembly By Sue Washburn As our denomination works its way through the new language for the Directory for Worship, I’m breathing a sigh of relief. As a pastor, I seek to follow the example of a grace-first God. This means I say yes to a lot of things… Read more »

TLC: Think like a Christian

Desired Distractions? How attention to national “issues” might just be an excuse to avoid local realities by Jeffrey Schooley A congregant recently talked to me – at length – about the bathroom bill in North Carolina. A friend was told by the clerk of his presbytery that he should be prepared for five to six… Read more »

Reflections from GA 222

Street Scenes – Portland 2016 Impressions of the city hosting General Assembly By Rebecca Lindsay A bulletin board in the convention center is covered with papers, announcements and notes. Kentucky poet Rebecca Lindsay describes what she sees in Portland.  

Reflections from GA 222

Hope in the details of your calling The nitty-gritty work of General Assembly By Skip Noftzger Armed with the daily staples of coffee and phone, I venture off to the familiar convention center for another day of meetings, meetings and more meetings that we label the General Assembly. Wandering throughout the halls, I encounter pockets of… Read more »

The unglued church

  WWPS: What would Paul say? Breaking our clay jars to discover the treasure By Susan Rothenberg  But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us…So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature… Read more »

Reflections from GA 222

A sense of worship Encounters with the gospel by Sue Washburn   One of the great things for preachers attending General Assembly is the opportunity to get out of the pulpit and into the pew. As someone who loves worship in its many forms, I was exited to see the similarities and differences between the… Read more »

Reflections from GA 222

We are family You are loved so much. It’s as if God has nothing else to do! By Steve Plank It’s the hymns that always get to me. The opening worship of this year’s General Assembly was no exception. Imagine joining with hundreds of voices in worship and praise and prayer… accompanied by local musicians… Read more »

Speak Out

Heroes, Role Models and Saints by Steve Young, guest blogger We Americans love our heroes. In some cases, that designation is well-placed. A soldier giving his life for our country. That one teacher who made all the difference. But, all too often, our choice of heroes seems to be about attaching unrealistic expectations to people… Read more »

Recovering reverend

Just Another Mass Shooting Refusing to adjust to this new norm by Derrick Weston When I woke to the news of the Orlando shooting on Sunday morning, I was immediately transported back to the Sunday morning I had to preach after Gabby Gifford was shot. And then to the morning when I had to preach… Read more »