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Still searching for answers in Aurora?

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The following is only the first half of my “theological reflection and counseling” in response to human-inflicted atrocities. I shared this as my sermon on Sunday, July 22, just two days after the shooting deaths of 12 and the wounding of 58 by a gunman in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, on July 20. This is also a follow-up on the theological reflection I shared after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and other tragedies similar to this most recent one.

The truth stands the same in all these instances. Read More»

Outdoor chapel?

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Have you ever been to an “outdoor chapel?” A rustic one like the ones at summer camp or traditionally associated with a beautiful spot in the mountains? And when I say “rustic,” I’m not talking about “old and decrepit,” but simply with nothing but the bare necessities; with benches made of smooth wooden planks reaching across short stumps or posts, lined up facing or gathered around a simple, yet beautiful wooden altar. And probably behind the altar is a cross. Read More»

Some (more) thoughts on marriage

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I share with you the following article by Pastor Steve Shipman from a recent Lutheran publication.

“Recently the President of the United States announced that his views on gay marriage have ‘evolved.’ Now he believes that ‘same-sex couples should be able to get married.’ Mr. Obama claimed that his change of view was due in part from ‘prodding by friends who are gay and by conversations with his wife and daughters.’ Read More»

We love you, teens!

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Yes, teenagers, we love you. As parents and adults there is nothing we want more than for you to be healthy and happy, and live thriving and productive lives. We will do anything we can to protect you and enable you grow up and achieve your potential to become outstanding citizens and contributors to society. Read More»

Walt Disney and Easter

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Ed Young, Christian pastor, author, and speaker, writes in his book The Creative Leader:

“Following his stint in World War I, Walt Disney stepped into the American entertainment business with dreams of becoming a cartoonist and animator. Despite setback after setback, Disney persisted with his vision to produce groundbreaking entertainment through the creative medium of animation. Read More»

What’s the Apostles’ Creed?

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As the Christian church spread throughout the Roman world in the first century, and as the first leaders died out, there was a practical need for local churches to have a basic statement of beliefs. As false teachers began to bring in strange ideas, Christians needed to know “Just what is it that we believe?”
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Your children are safe with us

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Your children’s safety and wellbeing are first and foremost with you, of course. And I know I speak for all of the churches in our community when I say that your children’s safety and wellbeing are also first and foremost with those of us who care for them when they are in our churches, Sunday Schools, Vacation Bible Schools, children’s ministries, and youth ministries. Read More»

MLK and the Bible

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As we prepare to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this next week, I want to share with you some thoughts about his vision and his direct connection to the scriptures of The Holy Bible. I happen to believe that we cannot begin to understand the strength and conviction of his leadership toward racial equality in our country unless we see the underlying power of God’s Word in his life and work. I also happen to believe that he was profoundly correct in his use and application of scripture to the issue that burned in his soul. Read More»

Were it not for a broken organ ...

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This story is so familiar to so many of you. But, perhaps it will be new information to many, as well. This is the great story of the beautiful Christmas Carol “Silent Night.” I share with you here the way the story is told in the book “Then Sings My Soul” by Robert J. Morgan. Whether “old story” or “new information,” I invite you to glean from this story the true meaning of Christmas.
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Retired, but not finished

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This past Sunday we had a big event and celebrated the ministry of Deanna McAteer, our director of children’s ministries here at Prince of Peace for the past 22 years. Deanna is a remarkable Christian woman, who has given so much to so many. I’d like to tell you a little more about her in my article this week. Read More»

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