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Pray and Be Wise by bob

September 28th, 2014

No Responses

“All our ministry is useless if our character does not back it up.”  Colossians 4:2-6 September 28, 2014 George and Eli This morning we are privileged to have as our guests George and Eli. (Several details of this manuscript, including the removal of last names and specific locations, have been edited for security reasons.)  Linda […]

How to Change the World by bob

September 22nd, 2014

No Responses

If the church had taken Peter seriously for 2000 years, the world would be changed. 1 Peter 3:8-18 September 21, 2014 What would you change? If you could change the world in three ways today, what would you change?  Whether you are hearing this sermon or reading it, take a moment and write down three […]

(In response to concerns expressed by many of us in North Carolina over the UCC’s April lawsuit against our state’s Amendment One, our denomination’s General Minister and President came to North Carolina in August.  Rev. Geoffrey A. Black interacted with concerned church members and clergy in two locations on Saturday, August 23.  He was also […]

Why I Stay in the UCC by bob

September 16th, 2014

No Responses

Rev. Dr. Edward Davis, Southern Conference (UCC) minister, has asked me to write an essay on why I stay in the United Church of Christ.  The request comes from some comments I made at a gathering of UCC folks in Salisbury August 23, 2014.  We had come together to have a conversation with the UCC’s […]

Be Who You Are by bob

September 14th, 2014

2 Responses

Stop thinking of church as a place to avoid uncomfortable people. Matthew 5:13-16 September 14, 2014 Closer or farther? In each of the following scenarios, do you move closer or farther? The entrance to a dark cave. A restaurant’s low sodium menu. A homeless man. A couple angry at each other and ready to separate. […]