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Encouraged by Bob Thompson

June 30th, 2015

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I’ve never been more encouraged about our conference than I was during the 50th anniversary celebration of the UCC’s Southern Conference, June 18-20 in Greensboro. I often wondered whether the UCC’s motto, “Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here,” apply to those of us who are ECOT – evangelical, […]

Did You Receive the Holy Spirit? by Bob Thompson

June 22nd, 2015

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Baptism is about what the Father does when he brings you “in” to his family. Acts 19:1-7 Weird Babel of Tongues How would you answer the question the Apostle Paul asks in Acts 19:2? If he looked at you and said, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” what would you say? I […]

Diversity in Unity by Bob Thompson

June 19th, 2015

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When you use Romans 1 to clobber someone else, you get clobbered by Romans 2. Romans 1:28-32 June 19, 2015 – Southern Conference, United Church of Christ Conservative, white, Reformed, and old Aren’t you glad you get to listen to preachers on a hot Friday afternoon in Greensboro? I think I’d rather be eating ice […]

Who is at the Center? by Bob Thompson

June 14th, 2015

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Humility is honest about the ego but chooses a servant mentality. Acts 18:18-28 Flourishing with differences Last Sunday after church, Linda and I were sitting with a few folks from Corinth at the baptism lunch for the Hucks babies. Jeffrey White made a comment about Corinth that stayed with me all week. Later I asked […]

Rethinking Homosexuality by bob

June 10th, 2015

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It’s hard for all of us not to think about homosexuality and same sex marriage this week. On Monday, Tony Campolo wrote a blog calling for “the full acceptance of Christian gay couples into the church.”  Robert Gagnon posted a strong and critical response on his Facebook page.  Both Campolo and Gagnon have spoken at […]