When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.’ ” They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in......
I want you to imagine for a moment. Imagine that a group of Christian missionaries from Israel came to Dunn, NC. And they looked around and they saw this great building and they observed our worship service, and joined us for a potluck meal. And then they told us they needed to sit down with us to talk. We sit down together and they tell us they really want to help us grow. They have time-tested strategies to evangelize and invigorate faith communities around the world. And they lay out a plan......
We spent a good amount of time last year working on our church mission statement. Our mission is to serve Christ by mutually supporting one another and embodying God’s grace and love for all This is a great mission statement, and we spent time on this for good reason. It helps us clarify and connect to our sense of shared purpose and calling. It gives us a practical way of thinking through the things we consider doing and saying in our church community. But we also need a reminder. We are not......
Look at the image above and try to read it. It’s interesting that your brain can put this together into a phrase! Even though words are mispelled, you are still able to recognize the words. For some of you it may take a moment to stop and think. For others, you barely have to think to read it. Sometimes it is easy to recognize a mispelled word, and other times it is more difficult. The world is a lot like this. Things don’t seem right or normal to you. Sometimes things appear......
Introductory Reflection Yesterday (Saturday) was Epiphany. It is that Holy Day when we celebrate the Magi visiting Jesus and the star-studded revelation that led them to the Christ child. You were probably taught long ago that there were 3 magi (wise men or kings) each bearing a gift: gold, frankincense and myrrh. However, the old hymn (We Three Kings) is not exactly correct. We don’t really know how many Magi visited Jesus. It could have been a dozen or just two. Over the centuries people have assumed there were three magi because......