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Searching For Relevance

In today’s world it is easy to get caught up in the everyday noises and distractions. This blog seeks to help you focus on the intersection between faith and life.  Enjoy, ponder, and make a difference!



Who Is A Hero?

One of the things that has occurred in the aftermath of 9/11 is the use of the label/title of “hero”.  I can’t specifically name how or why this happened, but suddenly, it felt like anybody who did something unexpected, out of the norm, or risky was awarded that title.  Some of these individuals were children, others adults.  Some leveraged their notoriety into television careers, while others received movie roles.  It’s important to honor those who risk their well-being on behalf of others, especially when so much bad news occupies our attention.  It gives me hope!  But are these identifiable, one time acts of selflessness, the only expression of heroism?

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Truth Decay

“Truth isn’t truth”, or is it?  This is the question that currently confronts all of us, as we struggle to define what is an acceptable standard for moral behavior, both on an individual and corporate level.  Even though I think I understand what Rudy Guilliani meant when he said, “Truth, isn’t truth!” (i.e. two different people with two different versions of the same event and what really happened), it was still shocking to hear.

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A City On A Hill?

Recently, several people have inquired as to what I thought were the most challenging times over the course of my 36 years in local church ministry.  It took me a minute or so, as I mentally reviewed events, actions, and crisis from that time span before I could respond.  After all, those years included:  recessions, wars, and natural disasters (i.e. the Challenger and Twin Towers), along with multiple elections, impeachments; as well as economic booms and busts.  All of which impacted the spirit of the nation, the corporate lives of congregations, and the individual lives of church members.  And contrary to the wishful thinking of some, neither the church, nor its constituency, exist in a “bubble” of isolation.  One way or another, these things affect our lives as they impact our spirits and we bring them with us to church, as we rightly should!

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Now Is The Time!

The activity level at church has been very high as we move through the concluding days of Lent, which also include finalizing details for Easter.  Many of you have inquired as to the location of our Sunrise service in light of the road construction.  Have no fear . . . Easter will come, only this year it will be moved a few blocks north on Pass-a-Grille Way near the Park (shuffleboard location).  The bonus that comes with this shift is easier parking.  We anticipate this will only be for 2018 and that in 2019 we will return to our original worship spot.  

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It's All Relative

Can you believe how cold it is outside?  It’s March and the temperature is fifty degrees.  It’s so cold, I saw someone walking the beach wearing long pants, a sweatshirt, and . . . what appeared to be a down vest!!!  Which goes to show how really cold it is here, in St. Pete, Florida!!!!!!

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Thanks

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How's Your Soul?

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ENOUGH!!

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Looking Ahead

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Not So Funny Circus

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"Congress and the Budget" this Pastor's Concern

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Remembering A Past That Speaks To Our Future

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Who We Listen To

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Now What?

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Fake News

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Back!

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Thanks!

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What Now?

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Will History Repeat? I Hope Not!

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The Extreme Center

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What Will You Do?

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A Positive Response

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Listen First, Love Later

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Prayer Is Not So Easy

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Every Step A Prayer

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New Year Wishes

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Merry Christmas!

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Redeeming Scrooge!

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The Election is Over. Now What?

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Cubs Win and so will we!

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Almost Done!

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