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Archives: June 2017

Jun 29, 2017 - Kent French

Whenever I plan a wedding ceremony with a couple, I always assure them that something will not go as planned. The more planning that goes into the ceremony and reception, the more I emphasize this. The flower girl will have a last-minute meltdown, the best man will forget the rings, someone will flub their vows, an embarrassing relative will get drunk and start groping the groom.

Stuff will happen. And I often say, most likely it will be the unplanned things that end up being the most...

Jun 22, 2017 - Kent French

Shortly after Easter last year, a new visitor came to see me for a one-on-one chat. He immediately let me know that he was being investigated for a federal crime and would most likely be sentenced to several years in prison.

He told me that he was enjoying worship and our community, planned to come regularly while he waited out the legal process and just wanted to be up front with me about his situation. He has since become a regular worshiper, joined the church and has even shared...

Jun 14, 2017 - Kent French

In the 10th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 10:1-23), Jesus commissions his disciples. He uses some pretty strong language. He impels them to do things like: cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons, travel without money or baggage, don't suffer people who don't welcome you. It's a tall order.

My guess is that the disciples were...

Jun 08, 2017 - Marla Walters

Last Sunday we celebrated the Day of Pentecost, and recalled together that fantastic story about the Holy Spirit whooshing through Jesus’ followers and a whole lot of other people (Acts 2:1-21) — helping them understand one another, despite their different languages, helping them envision a hopeful and courageous future together, despite their fear, giving them a boldness they didn’t know they had.

Peter preached a...

Jun 01, 2017 - Kent French

This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit.

From Barbara Brown Taylor:

Did you know the word “conspire” means to breathe together? Take a breath. Now blow it out again. There! You have just launched a conspiracy. You can hear the word “spirit” in there too – to conspire – to be filled with the same spirit, to be enlivened by the same wind. That is why the word appeals to me, anyhow. What happens between us when we come together to worship...