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Acknowledging the Pain

Acknowledging the Pain

This past week I have been at a reunion with college friends (this is the main reason I missed last week’s update). It’s been significant for a number of reasons. I hope to unpack a few other ideas from the trip in the future, but I thought I would begin...
Independence Day Special Liturgy

Independence Day Special Liturgy

Independence Weekend Prayer for Unity  This prayer includes a short, optional illustration. Leave out the optional illustration, or modify it, for use on other occasions.  VOICE ONE Psalm 133 How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! It is...
Liturgy as Story

Liturgy as Story

I know that not all of us come from so-called “liturgical” traditions, but all of us do use a liturgy of sorts. Liturgy is a compound Greek word meaning “public work” that is associated with the corporate act of worship.  A liturgy is any expression of that public...
Third Third Preaching by Mark D. Roberts

Third Third Preaching by Mark D. Roberts

I’ve heard a lot of sermons during the past 60 years. And I’ve preached a bunch too, well over a 1,000 sermons during my years as a pastor. So, I was surprised when, a couple of weeks ago, I heard something in a sermon I had never, ever heard before. I was shocked....
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