Holy Spirit

Christmas is Always

Christmas is Always

This is an article Kerry Walters, one of our participants, wrote for the Sunbury Daily Item on December 24. Kerry publishes a weekly column “Faith Matters.” His messages always speak to me. I hoped this one would do the same for you. Come to think of it, read first a quote he posted on Facebook […]

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Lesson 9: Alive In The Spirit

Lesson 9: Alive In The Spirit

Christians believe the Risen Christ is still among us. The Creed lists several ways this takes place in its third article that describes the work of the Holy Spirit. Whereas the Old Testament claims that Spirit filled certain leaders, the New Testament proclaims Pentecost made Christ available to all believers. Significantly, the article first mentions […]

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Lesson 8: Resurrection is Hope

Lesson 8: Resurrection is Hope

Most of us can’t help ourselves when we speak the last part of the Second Article, “On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.” Conditioned by simplistic popular ideas, we think […]

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Lesson 2: Ecumenical Seminaries

Lesson 2: Ecumenical Seminaries

Several decades ago some writers observed progressives in all denominations are more comfortable with progressives in all other denominations than they are with conservatives in their own. Chances are this situation foreshadows what lies ahead for the American Church. It also captures the sense of the comment Derek made last week. Although our church bodies […]

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Lesson 1: Future Organization

Lesson 1: Future Organization

A Sunday School class in one of my sons-in-laws’ congregations was discussing the relationship of the Roman Catholics and Lutherans. A question arose why there was not more unity after 40 years of theological discussions that concluded agreement on just about all issues. These were topped off with a Joint Declaration on Justification, the very […]

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Lesson 16: Ressurection I

Lesson 16: Ressurection I

Any casual reader should be able easily to see the extensive differences between the four gospels’ reports about the empty tomb on Easter, even though we hardly ever hear preachers address them. They disagree about both who was there and what was said. But let’s skip these obvious differences. Too often we focus on them […]

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Lesson 14: Truth

Lesson 14: Truth

John’s Passion primarily involves two long conversations, one at the Last the Supper (14-18) and the second in Pilate’s chambers (18:28-19:16). Together these make up 6 of his 21 chapters. Obviously, they are important. The first begins with Jesus’ proclaiming, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”; the second ends with Pilate asking, […]

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Women in the Church, Mothers’ Day: Pentecost

Women in the Church, Mothers’ Day: Pentecost

It is Pentecost and Mothers’ Day, a good time to remind ourselves we are in the middle of the biggest revolution of all time. It sometimes pits one half of the world’s population against the other. Thank God it is a bloodless. Of course, I am speaking of women’s liberation. It is only in the […]

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Lesson 31: How God Operates Through Words

Lesson 31: How God Operates Through Words

I was going to demonstrate what I believe is the essential message God speaks in the Bible. I decided yesterday’s sermon does that for me. So here it is, a little longer than the usual lesson, but… When Jesus was baptized the writers report the heavens were torn apart, God’s Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus, […]

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Lesson 18: What Does God Look Like?

Lesson 18: What Does God Look Like?

When the senior suggested we discuss “What does God look like? What did Jesus look like?” at our next meeting, my first thought was, “This is silly” Then I realized the question probably hid some much deeper concerns. I sent out the following very brief essay which asked the young people to spend time pondering […]

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