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Not Just the Church

(June 16, 2017) I’m struck lately — as many of us are — by the shooter in Arlington who attacked the Republican members of Congress at their baseball practice. The initial responses to that horror have all been inspiring: calls for an end to verbal violence and a reinstatement of civility in language and attitude, bipartisan pledges to move our nation forward,…

Meeting of the Congregation

Members of South Presbyterian Church will convene for a Special Congregational Meeting on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, immediately following worship for the purpose of voting on the addition of a new position to our pastoral staff: Stated Supply Associate Pastor (half-time). A rationale and job description for this position was emailed to members. All are welcome to attend. Only SPC Active…

What Does the New Year Mean?

The wrapping paper remnants are finding their way to the trash. One by one, we remember the gifts that were given to us and we smile at the thoughts of children in this season. For some of us (myself included), we find ourselves away from home and yet at home with others — family — whether by birth or choice. And with…

Podcasts, Videos, Pastor’s Ponderings

It all started in August. At an Evangelism and Church Transformation conference, I was in a group where one of the participants asked if we minded him doing a Live Facebook broadcast of the group. And the rest is history. My thoughts about the need for us to reach people beyond just  our immediate Acts of Faith was confirmed. So … I…

Shove of the Dove

Do you ever feel like you just weren’t CONTENT where you are? Something’s just not jelling — whether for yourself, your family, or your faith community? Well, over the last five years, several of us from South have felt that way and we’ve found a lot of comfort from attending an annual conference in Florida in AUGUST!  (I know. Right? You’ve GOT to…

“I Hate Evangelism”

I am about to finish up an amazing conference on Evangelism and Church Growth in St. Pete Beach, Florida. It’s sponsored by the PC(USA) and it’s probably my fourth or fifth time coming here. But this year feels different. There are more people talking about the church not being the building … about the need for us to redefine “church” and to…

Now What?

Well … Easter has arrived. He is risen, indeed. The jelly beans live on and the kids are on vacation. Now what??? Church Calendar-wise, the next biggie is Pentecost, the Birthday of the Church which this year falls on Sunday, May 15th. But between now and then we have a lot of growing and living to do. Yesterday, we all realized again…

Holy Week and Religious Violence

As I write this at 7AM on March 22, 2016, Brussels has just been hit with a terrorist attack and the world is waking to another act of violence in the name of God. Sometimes when I’m not home (as I wasn’t last night) I watch MSNBC or CNN on my laptop. That’s what I did this morning. And with the video comes…

New Life & South: UPDATE

After seven months of working together, we seem to be settling down into a comfortable routine for our two churches. Use this link to read the NL Annual Report for 2015. (South’s is obtained through the Annual Report post.) New Life 2015 Annual Report