• Book Reviews 5 days ago

    The Pilgrim’s Regress: Wade Annotated Edition

    The Pilgrim’s Regress: Wade Annotated Edition

    by Michael Parker
    by C.S. Lewis, edited/introduced by David C. Downing William B. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, Mich. 239 pages Fans of C.S. Lewis are in for a treat with this newest edition of “The Pilgrim’s Regress,” first published in 1933. Lewis annotated a copy of it in 1937 for his student Richard Thorton Hewitt, a copy that in 1987 came into the hands of the Marion E. Wade Center of Wheaton College. David C. Downing, a professor of English at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania who has written four books on Lewis, included Lewis’s… continue reading...
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  • Outlook Features 5 days ago

    Pentecost Scenario

    Pentecost Scenario

    by J. Barrie Shepherd
    Did they leap and wave and dance together before that rushing mighty wind; conflagrate, perhaps, above those wild astonished heads, like one enormous fourth of July bonfire? Or were they solemn, solitary, isolate, hovering in mid-air austere, remote as chancel candles, radiating still-as-crystal holiness? Those glad tidings, as they gave them voice, did they wear the sober garb of reason, developing point-on-point the history, background, rationale, all the reasonable explanations, implications of what had come to pass? Or was it more like one great shout of joy, the agony-born bliss… continue reading...
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  • Outlook Features 6 days ago

    Global perspectives on Pentecost: God’s ever-present Spirit

    Global perspectives on Pentecost: God’s ever-present Spirit

    Pentecost, I had always thought, was God’s way of saying that in Christ, we’re all the same. Culture and language may divide us, but God’s Spirit makes it possible for all to be one. Pentecost, I had thought, was a divine remedy for the confusion and division created at the tower of Babel when God punished human arrogance by creating different languages. More than 35 years of mission service in Latin America have led me to suspect that I got it all wrong. Babel, far from presenting linguistic diversity as… continue reading...
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Memorial Day – 2015

Jill Duffield

I live so close to an army base that I can hear reveille in the morning and taps at night. If I go out to lunch on my side of town, I am surrounded by men and women in uniform. During the heart of the summer I often hear ambulance sirens, indicating that despite all precautions, someone has succumb to heat stroke while training in “famously hot” Columbia, South Carolina. The days, however, that move me the most are graduation days at the base. Those are the days when both the lines at the security gate and the ones at local restaurants are long. In those lines are families, proud families, gathered around impossibly young men and women who have completed boot camp. I see them in their dress uniforms, fit and smiling, and I wonder what’s next for them. Whatever it is, it will not be easy. In our turbulent world it is highly likely they are headed into harm’s way. It is always a possibility they will go and not return alive. Living a stone’s throw from Fort Jackson has deepened the … [Read more...]

Meditating – Memorial Day

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Graves are for decorating on this first of summer's weekends, surrounding them with ceremonies handed down by sagging-waisted, sweat-stained-hatted vets with flags, assorted members of the village band strategically placed to render Taps from haunting hidden spots among the yew trees, and the local Boy Scout Troop - Grave decorated, Sir! - standing back at full attention from piercing flags into the head of every hallowed resting place, young voices straining at the stresses of their somber role. Such moments in the slanting early sunlight make sweet the memory of things that never should have been, blurring across years deep lines of pain not meant to be forgot. These gallant dead deserve all honor and full gratitude, yet would not wish our worship of the way in which they died, the insanity that laid them in this green and lovely place. … [Read more...]

Lead Pastor/Head of Staff

 First Presbyterian Church, Allentown, Pennsylvania seeks a servant leader who will guide a large suburban congregation in living God’s love. Delighted by diversity and knowing the power of the Word, this pastor will lead the congregation in meeting the evolving needs of the community and equipping them for ministry. For more information see MIF 09896.AE0, visit fpcallentown.org or email: [email protected] First Presbyterian Church 3231 W. Tilghman St Allentown PA 18104 fpcallentown.org Job Type: Full-time … [Read more...]

Presbyter for Community Life

Mid-Kentucky Presbytery seeks Presbyter for Community Life beginning fall 2015. Must be a ruling or teaching elder. Responsibilities include networking and leadership support, pastoral care to congregations and teaching elders, committee work, and administrative duties. Will serve as communicator of the presbytery's mission, and supervisor of the staff team. This position is full-time for a five-year renewable term and accountable to presbytery through the Vision and Planning Commission. Contact [email protected] Application deadline June 15. Mid-Kentucky Presbytery 1044 Alta Vista Rd Louisville KY 40205 midkentuckypresbytery.org Job Type: Full-time … [Read more...]

First Mobile Church: Attending church together

Charlie Gross

by Charlie Gross In November 2013, I was brainstorming ways to connect the active people I saw in the park walking their dogs with a church service. As I fiddled around with ideas to make this connection, it hit me: Everyone has a cell phone. In fact, the national stance is standing like statues with one hand out in front of us, holding our phones. Well, that, plus a downward gaze as we stare at the small screen, figuring out our schedule, tweaking our to-do list or Googling an answer to some off-the-wall question. So, since the cell phone is the common denominator, I quickly deduced that the obvious way to connect people to worship is through a conference call. I’ve been using conference calls to get things done and connect people for some time. I know how to do conference calls. That was the key I was looking for – worship via a conference call. Later that month, I launched “First Mobile Church,” a specially designed worship service delivered live via conference call on … [Read more...]

Pentecost 2015

Jill Duffield

Ah, Pentecost, every year the same story, and only one account of it at that. How does the preacher or Sunday school teacher speak a new word on the liturgical day dedicated to the Holy Spirit? How does one keep Pentecost fresh when it is the same strange tale year after year after year? How many birthday parties for the church can one throw ­– complete with red balloons and cake? In my first call, when the head of staff was away, the Christian educator and I conspired to make sure Pentecost stood out. We gathered some brave souls to dance down the center aisle waving long poles festooned with red and orange fabric. As the Acts text was read, various people stood and joined their voices with mine – one in Spanish, one in German, one in Serbian. The choir sang a discordant anthem that featured wind-like sound effects and a minor key. It was brilliant, or so we thought. The polite congregants said, “That was interesting.” Some used words like “memorable” and “unique.” One who was … [Read more...]

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