Go out and train everyone you meet,
far and near, in this way of life.

Pastor’s Blog (Page 3)

Pastor Deb’s occasional thoughts, questions and conversation-starters.

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…

Annual Report 2015

It’s that time again when we are excitedly celebrating the year just ended. 2015 was a momentous year for South Church and our “merry little band of believers.” This year’s report, however, was so complex that we have had to upload it in four parts. You may see the report online and read it here, or you may download it and read…

Reconciliation, Apologies, and Integrity

For thirty years, the Presbyterian Church (USA), our national denomination, has struggled with the issue of ordination and marriage for our GLBTQ/Q members. This struggle is one that overtakes every group and every person that seeks to live with integrity. Our world is changing. Jesus’s world was changing. In his day, his people lived as an occupied nation. Nothing was stable and certain,…

Why are we DOING this?

Sometimes I wonder why it is that we aren’t just sitting around enjoying life where we worship at the Meadows. SCM (South Church at the Meadows) has a nice little schedule during the program year … worship on Sunday, CLASS ACT on Tuesday. Sing for Joy on Wednesday, Bible Study on Saturday … that’s what MOST small churches do. But why is…