A Message from Pastor Rich

Oh, Smoky Row! You were continually in my thoughts and prayers as we were away at General Conference this past week. The speaker was Karl Vaters, a well-known author on small churches and small-church life. (And a pastor of a small congregation, too.) If you’d like to look over some

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On Psalm 22

Psalm 22 reads: 6 But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people. 7 All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads. 8 “He trusts in the Lord,” they say, “let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him,

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Cutting Room Floor: Amos 7

This Side of Jesus: Let’s start with the way the early Church made use of today’s Amos passage. The early Church was trying to figure out how to manage the care of the hundreds of people who were deciding to keep faith with Jesus, and the chose servants–a word, “deacon,”

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What is Lent?

What is Lent and the Lenten Season? By Jonathan and David Bennet – http://www.churchyear.net/lent.html Many Christians throughout the world observe Lent. Catholic, Orthodox, and many Protestants benefit from this annual season of sacrifice and simplicity…. In basic terms, Lent is the season before Easter…In many Protestant churches, the liturgical season

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Cutting Room Floor: On Truth

Making sense of Things Series: On Truth In a time when what’s true is defined as what feels true to me right now, people justify what they say based on what they feel. They become like Pilate, or a little kid, believing that truth depends on their feelings. They speak

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A Real Conundrum – Romans 13:1-7

Paul says this: 1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do

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Cutting Room Floor: Fear & Maturity

Cutting Room Floor: Making Sense of Things – On the Public and Private Spheres – Fear and Maturity Here’s what I’ll never do: I want be a fearmongerer. There’s a certain way of being Christian that really does worry that if someone has privacy, something bad will happen. They’ll inevitably

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