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The Federated Church
May 22, 2022

Scrub Bulls of Macedonia

Church will continue to be like the “Courts of Bovine Justice” until we make a serious commitment to embrace all people with God’s love and grace. This means training ourselves to receive and include everyone into the life of the church. It requires crafting worship in such a way that it moves people to invite […]

May 15, 2022

Best Not to Hinder God

Christians continue to struggle with how to engage the issues of our times. We are reluctant to let go of the traditions and views and methods of the past. It took a global pandemic to shake us out of our apathy. The world is different now and we are challenged to live in new and […]

May 8, 2022

Silent Partners

Believe in the communion of saints; it is one of the greatest supports for the Christian life, in this world as well as the next! As the writer of Hebrews puts it: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that […]

May 1, 2022

Walking Away From It All

There is an old Jewish story about a rabbi walking through a neighboring village late at night. He encounters another man walking alone, and together the two of them walk down the street in silence. Finally, the rabbi turns to his companion and asks, “So, who do you work for?” “I work for the village,” […]

April 24, 2022

Good Things Come in Threes

“The seven Spirits who are before his throne” speaks to the perfection and completion of God’s work by the Holy Spirit. In biblical numerology, seven indicates something holy or perfect. The idea of seven spirits is language from Isaiah 11:2, describing seven aspects of the Holy Spirit: “The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon […]

April 17, 2022

Run, Mary, Run!

Mary crosses the finish line strong, as the very first apostle. Although she struggled at mile 20, she flies past mile 26.2, carrying the message that she saw the risen Jesus. Easter is an invitation to all Christians, both men and women, to run together. We are people equally recognized by Jesus, and equally sent […]

April 15, 2022

Did Jesus Play the Blame Game?

April 14, 2022

The Towel of Jesus

True Disciples of Jesus are those who bear the True Likeness of Christ. We are true image bearers when we bring good news to the oppressed, bind up the brokenhearted, and proclaim release to the captive (Luke 4:18-19). We are true image bearers when we give the hungry food, give drink to the thirsty, visit […]

April 10, 2022

The Great Divestiture

On Palm Sunday, we remember how Jesus rode into Jerusalem, acclaimed by the crowds as the promised Messiah who would free them from oppression. We remember, too, how quickly the crowd turned on Jesus, completely misinterpreting and condemning him for his mission of service. Paul reminds us, however, that a life devoted to serving others […]

April 3, 2022

Always a New Day

Our future is filled with promises: the promise of faith; the promise that God is not finished with us yet; the promise that one day all that is now blurry will become clear; the promise of new and eternal life in Jesus Christ. We hear those promises and believe them to be true, which is […]

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