Belief-Active Faith and Abiding Trust in the Revealed God

Gospel of Mark 6:1-6 and 9:14-29 Ninth Sunday of Kingdomtide, November 1, 2015 Sermon 2 of 5 in a Sermon Series Entitled, ‘Compassion as Living Theology’ In his recent book, The Christmas Heist, St. John’s member Landis Wade tells the story of Henry Edmonds, a friendly-looking old man who believes...

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To Be a Spiritually Focused Church

Once upon a time, a small town that had been historically ‘dry,’ awakened one morning to find an empty storefront on Main Street opened as a bar. The Christians planned an all-night prayer meeting asking God to intervene and close the bar. During that night, lightning struck the bar and...

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To Be a Spiritually Renewing Church

Amidst the hillsides and farms of southern Indiana, sets St. Meinrad Archabbey. Dr. Bill Leonard guided my second visit to St. Meinrad, in 1982. My first journey to St. Meinrad was seven years earlier, as a university student majoring in religion. Our professor took us there for a three-day spiritual...

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To Be a Spiritually Literate Church

Can we talk? I am not impersonating the late comedienne, Joan Rivers. My question calls us to be fully honest as we begin our journey to Easter Sunday. Our six-week pilgrimage through Lent is an annual invitation to spiritual renewal that begins with honesty. As days ‘lengthen’ (lencten), the curtains...

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