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UCC Café / Re: Share some daily Humor
« on: October 28, 2014, 11:54:46 PM »
does your browser block this too?



I think our "internet appliance" blocks the whole site.

It also blocks Howard Brown Health Center and Lesbian COmmunity Cancer Project as "Lesbian and Gay Interest."

Theology Forum / Re: "God's Will Be Done Om Earth As It Is In Heaven "
« on: October 27, 2014, 04:33:50 AM »
" God created the heavens and the earth "; is there a biblical reference that inedicates that heaven in on earth?

Belinda 3:22

Write it up and submit it to your conference, Richard.

UCC Café / Re: Riddle me this
« on: October 24, 2014, 11:00:08 PM »

UCC Café / Re: Share some daily Humor
« on: October 24, 2014, 10:58:31 PM »
posting this for Cindi and other bike lovers ...

Interesting. It didn't appear.

Oh,  I see. Our "internet device" blocked it for adult/mature cpntent."

UCC Café / General Synod 30 in Cleveland
« on: September 08, 2014, 05:36:25 PM »
OK, who's going

(you may need to wait for the main page to load)

UCC Café / Prayer Request
« on: September 03, 2014, 03:38:22 AM »
So 8 days ago, I fell and broke my foot and hand...

...and this coming Sunday I'm doing pulpit supply.

Prayers for strength (in the short term) and healing (in the long term) appreciated.

UCC Café / Re: What are you drinking?
« on: September 03, 2014, 03:33:07 AM »
Diet Dr. Pepper today.

UCC Café / What are you drinking?
« on: August 22, 2014, 11:53:46 PM »

UCC Café / Re: Share some daily Humor
« on: June 30, 2014, 07:28:17 PM »
A young minister was called to a church with a long history and an historic building filled with stained glass: images of the apostles on either side and a multicolored image of Christ behind the chancel. Surveying the sanctuary for the first time, she noted a small plaque on the pulpit. Moving for a closer look, she saw it said

Pastor, we want to see Jesus.

Touched by this reminder, she endeavored to remember that people came to better know Jesus, not to know the preacher. And though she preferred to preach from the center of the chancel rather than from the imposing pulpit set to one side, she visited that plaque each morning to remind her to be humble.

One day after service, a few of the long-time members of the church approached the pastor. "Reverend, we have a small request of you. Would you mind very much preaching from the pulpit?"

She was a bit surprised at first, but the minister reasoned that these folks were probably accustomed to preaching from the pulpit. Pressing for a better understanding of their request, she asked "while I'm certainly willing to preach from the pulpit, can you tell me why that's important to you?"

"Because when you preach from the center of chancel," one of the members explained, "you block the view of the stained glass window, and we can't see Jesus."

Theology Forum / Re: Invalid Baptism?; Acts 2:38
« on: June 05, 2014, 07:11:19 PM »
It's sad to see so much more effort expended to prove others wrong than expended to see the truth.

Seminarian Connection / Re: Seminary
« on: May 30, 2014, 04:21:20 PM »
I've heard a lot of call stories, and a lot of descriptions of what "call" means.

Some say evidence of call is gifts for ministry. Others say passion, Still others believe they have heard or felt God directing them to ordained ministry.

I've heard it said "if you can do anything else but ministry, do that."

I've heard from people who felt the call would not leave them alone.

My personal experience is that this is a very difficult path, but one I could avoid only so long. Your experience may differ.

An increasing number of seminaries are now offering distance learning. The seminary from which I graduated, Chicago Theological Seminary, is one of them.

Blessings to you, no matter what you decide. My you hear God's still-speaking voice in your life.

Theology Forum / Re: Isaiah 57 and today's church
« on: May 07, 2014, 07:07:48 PM »
cindi We have Rowan helping ministries in Salisbury, where many of our members have volunteered, but my understanding is that this should be a regular, daily mission for every church, in every town, in every country.


Theology Forum / Re: Isaiah 57 and today's church
« on: May 06, 2014, 08:51:21 PM »
Gary, I like much of what you wrote here, especially regarding verse 7.

Here in the Chicago suburbs we have PADS, and many UCC congregations (along with other churches) host or volunteer. The church where I did my field education volunteered at another UCC and, when flooding damaged the basement of that church, my field ed UCC hosted PADS.  My home church doesn't have the facilities to host PADS, but we volunteer and cook meals for PADS at another nearby UCC.

We view the people who stay with us as our guests.

This is a step, but not a destination. We still fall woefully short of the hospitality of the early church.

Thank you for this post.

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