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Ready for Advent

Event Date: 
November 30, 2011 - 10:15am

John Buchanan is the editor/publisher of the Christian Century magazine, and has been for several years. He is also the Senior Pastor at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, a church where Joan and I have worshipped occasionally when we have been in Chicago after Christmas. The following editorial is from the most recent issue of the magazine.  

Posted on November 30, 2011 at 11:11 am in Featured Content.


Event Date: 
November 22, 2011 - 10:15am

Thursday of this week is Thanksgiving, and the following Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is my favorite season of the church year. Partly that is because, like a child, I love Christmas and I love looking forward to Christmas – planning, decorating, wrapping, etc. (I think I’m almost as excited to find out “what’s in the box” as the children who come forward for Time with Children.) But the other part of the reason I love Advent is... 

Posted on November 22, 2011 at 12:20 pm in Featured Content.

What's Wrong with Capital Punishment

Event Date: 
November 15, 2011 - 10:15am

The state of Georgia executed Troy Davis at 10:53pm on a Wednesday in September, by lethal injection…. Nearly a million people world-wide signed Amnesty International’s petition urging authorities in Georgia to commute Davis’ death sentence. Davis spent 20 years on death row for a crime it’s doubtful he committed, and the penal system ground inexorably forward. No one could stop it. 

Posted on November 15, 2011 at 11:42 am in Featured Content.

Thoughts on War and International Conflict

Event Date: 
November 8, 2011 - 10:15am

A few weeks ago, President Obama announced that the war in Iraq was officially ending as far as the United States was involved, and that most of our troops would be home by Christmas. This announcement caused me to think about the 8 & ½ years of that war, and the 2 more years of the war in Afghanistan, and indeed about warfare in the modern world. But first Iraq. Here are the statistics as they are officially reported:


Posted on November 8, 2011 at 10:47 am in Featured Content.

The Practices of Being a Christian

Event Date: 
November 1, 2011 - 1:00pm

Being a Christian involves, among other things, living as Jesus wants us to. And because the Jesus Way is so much against the grain of our or any culture, really living as Jesus wants us to live can be extraordinarily difficult. I recently came across the following story about Bud Welch, whose 23-year-old daughter, Julie, was killed in the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995.


Posted on November 1, 2011 at 12:08 pm in Featured Content.

All Saints Day

Event Date: 
October 25, 2011 - 10:15am

All Saints Day has a long history in the Christian Church. In the early church, Christians would celebrate a martyr’s death for Christ, and this was known as the Saint’s “birth day.” In some cases, there was an all-night vigil, and the communion was celebrated over the tomb of the saint, or at the place of the saint’s martyrdom.  During the reign of the Roman Emperor Diocletion (284-305), there was a general persecution of Christians throughout the Roman Empire. Estimates are that more than 3000 were killed and others tortured and/or jailed because of their refusal to deny their faith. It was during this time that the idea was developed to have a single day in the church each year when those who had been martyred for their faith would be remembered. In the western church (Roman Catholic and then Protestant), November 1 ended up being the day when all the saints of the church (Christians who had died) were remembered and commemorated.

Posted on October 25, 2011 at 10:44 am in Featured Content.

Liturgical Art for Easter

Event Date: 
October 18, 2011 - 10:15am

A pastor friend of mine went on sabbatical a few years ago, and during that time he studied worship and spirituality. When he came back from sabbatical, he made the comment that returning to regular UCC worship at his church was difficult at the beginning. “There are so many words,” he said.  “We need more silence. We need other ways to connect with the Divine.”

Posted on October 18, 2011 at 10:04 am in Featured Content.

The Gospel Should Be Offensive

Event Date: 
October 16, 2011 - 10:15am

Before Jesus was born, his mother Mary predicted that he would offend some people….  She probably didn’t realize how right she would be; that in fact Jesus would offend and challenge so many people in high places that they would kill him for it….

Posted on October 11, 2011 at 9:13 am in Featured Content.

Death by His own Hand

Event Date: 
October 4, 2011 - 10:15am

The following story appeared on a pro-LGBT listserve from which I receive occasional e-mails. I have tried to check the reliability of the story. Evidently the events described did happen, though Egnew’s wife denies she said he could never see their children, and Egnew’s family says they tried to support him after he came out. Stories like this make me incredibly sad for the people involved, and they make me very angry at a church that takes the described action in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ. Here is the story, edited for length, as I received it. It is from Pittsboro, North Carolina.

Posted on October 4, 2011 at 9:27 am in Featured Content.

Upcoming Sundays

Event Date: 
September 27, 2011 - 10:15am

Worship on Sunday, October 2 will be a kickoff for our REACH and RENEW capital campaign. Our preaching text focuses on Jesus' words in the Sermon on the Mount: 

Posted on September 27, 2011 at 10:25 am in Featured Content.

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