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September 25, 2014

The Flash! – September 25, 2014

The Flash! - September 25, 2014

At the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement and in the midst of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Mother Pollard, a 72 year old participant in the movement, was asked after several weeks of walking to and from her destinations whether she was tired.  She responded: My feets is tired, but my soul is rested. Something […]

September 18, 2014

The Flash! – September 18, 2014

The Flash! - September 18, 2014

Despite endless vows, protestations, reservations, and absolutes, I’m now flying with the bird.  No, not the Holy Spirit – I signed on to fly with that bird a long time ago.  I recently let go of yet another “never”: I’m now a password protected participant in the world of Twitter. My caving comes as no […]

September 11, 2014

The Flash! – September 11, 2014

The Flash! - September 11, 2014

Tonight, remembering 9/11. Last night, the President proposing a plan to confront unimaginable acts and rebuff inconceivable evil. Two days ago, another young man shot and killed in our neighborhood. Three days ago, teenagers on the front page of our local paper brutally attacking a developmentally disabled man. At moments it is overwhelming. How can […]

September 4, 2014

The Flash! – September 4, 2014

The Flash! - September 4, 2014

September 4, 2014 Conjunction Junction, what’s your function? If you were a child, or a parent to one, in the 1970’s and 80’s I can see you smiling, and I can hear you humming.  How many of us – 30 and 40 years later – still turn to tunes from Schoolhouse Rock when trying to […]

September 2, 2014

The Flash! – August 28, 2014

The Flash! - August 28, 2014

August 28, 2014 Last weekend on the youth mission trip to Washington, DC we had the privilege to be with the Rev. Phil Tom, a cherished colleague, sage-like mentor, and close friend.  He is currently serving as the Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Labor.  In that role […]

August 21, 2014

The Flash! – August 21, 2014

The Flash! - August 21, 2014

For nearly two weeks I have been wrestling with what might be helpfully said or written about the events in Ferguson, Missouri.  Then I came across this piece and felt like it was everything I wanted to say and write.  The only attribution I can offer is “beccyjoy” the blog name for this prophetic woman […]

August 14, 2014

The Flash! – August 14, 2014

The Flash! - August 14, 2014

Next Monday we will gather for the first of four evenings for our Vacation Bible School.  This year’s theme is When Life Gives You Lemons…The Redemptive Power of God’s Love.  The planning group thought long and hard about the name of the theme with the concern that it might feel too simple, trite, and (frankly) trivial […]

August 7, 2014

The Flash! – August 7, 2014

The Flash! - August 7, 2014

Vacation Log Entry #1: Summer, 2014 There is something exhilarating about being at the edge.  With a lighthouse, the sea, and Canada behind them, these two rugged hikers are standing at a stone marker that says: “Easternmost Point in the U.S.A., West Quoddy Head, Lubec, Maine.”  They are standing at the edge of a nation, […]

August 1, 2014

The Flash! – August 1, 2014

The Flash! - August 1, 2014

While Pastor Andy is out of town, we welcome guest contributors to The Flash. This week we welcome Commissioned Ruling Elder Tim Arnold to the writer’s desk. There was a Jackson Browne song I remember from the ‘70s, Dr. My Eyes: Doctor, my eyes have seen the years And the slow parade of fears without […]

July 24, 2014

The Flash! – July 24, 2014

The Flash! - July 24, 2014

While Pastor Andy is out of town, we welcome guest contributors to The Flash. This week we welcome Matthia McCracken to the writer’s desk. Earlier this week, we had quite a thunderstorm. I enjoy the thrill of seeing a flash of lightning and waiting to see if the accompanying sound will be a slow rumble or […]

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