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Simply Christian by bob

September 29th, 2009

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What does it mean to think and act like a Christian?  It’s kind of like asking what it means to think and act like an American.  It means a lot of different things to different people, and some of those things are incompatible.  Or seem incompatible.  Is it possible to strip away individual ideas and […]

The Problem with Pride by bob

September 27th, 2009

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The antidote to pride is service. Text:  Obadiah 1-21 Date:  September 27, 2009 A dictionary problem (Genesis 25:19-34) Today’s sermon is titled, “The Problem with Pride.”  It should probably be “the problems with pride.”  There are many.

Tweets from the Pastor by bob

September 21st, 2009

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What’s the difference between bird flu and swine flu?  For bird flu you need “tweetment.”  For “swine flu” you need “oinkment.” Bad joke.  But I want to talk about “tweetments.” The technical term, though it hardly sounds technical, is “tweets.”  I’m talking about the short messages from one of the fastest growing social media – […]

What Prophets Do by bob

September 20th, 2009

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Amos 7:11-17, September 20, 2009 “Prophets challenge what everyone else assumes is true and right.” Prophet stories One of the surprising rediscoveries I’ve made as we study the minor prophets (the final twelve books in the Old Testament) this fall is that these people don’t just tell stories – they are stories.  The prophets themselves […]

God’s Bottle Collection by bob

September 14th, 2009

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Ah, the chance to sit and read for a few minutes Sunday afternoon.  The combination of no church meetings, a touch of sickness, and a Panthers football game that was hardly worth undivided attention gave me the chance to finish up a marvelous book Betty McGee, our parish nurse, loaned me a year or more […]