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    Feasting on the Gospels: Luke, Volumes 1 and 2 (bookmark) 

    Feasting on the Gospels: Luke, Volumes 1 and 2 (bookmark) 

    by Roy Howard
    edited by Cynthia Jarvis and L. Elizabeth Johnson  Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Ky.  The hits just keep coming. The wise person who dreamed the “Feasting on the Word” idea and all its spinoffs should be given a medal for visionary thinking. Seriously, this is a rich resource for preachers and teachers — indeed, for all who want to study Scripture, passage by passage. Written in the style of the “Feasting on the Word Commentary” series, this two-part volume on Luke explores all the passages in the Gospel, not only those in… continue reading...
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    How (Not) to be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor

    How (Not) to be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor

    by Roy Howard
    by James K.A. Smith Wm. B. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, Mich. 148 pages Charles Taylor’s “A Secular Age” is one of the most important books of the last 30 years. Unfortunately, it is also likely the least read. For nearly 900 pages of dense historical, cultural and philosophical analysis, Taylor explores how we arrived at what he names as a secular age. Originally offered as the prestigious Gifford lectures, he probes the question of how we moved into an era when belief in God is rare, contested or ignored, a reality… continue reading...
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    PMAB meeting closes with discussion of difficulties and signs of hope for road ahead

    PMAB meeting closes with discussion of difficulties and signs of hope for road ahead

    by Leslie Scanlon
    Difficulties and signs of hope: That’s what folks are talking about at the top levels of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Photo credit: Kevin Dooley via Flikr cc 2.0 The difficulties are many: among them, a denomination that’s losing members and running short on money. Unless something changes, projections are that the PC(USA) will essentially run out of unrestricted reserve money it can spend by 2017. In 2016, World Mission may begin recalling mission co-workers serving internationally if it can’t raise at least $925,000 this year to pay them. Work has… continue reading...
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Pastor/Head of Staff

Activist church in the college/tourist town of Saratoga Springs, New York, seeks pastor to grow with us in spirit as well as service. Presbyterian—New England Congregational Church is a PCUSA/UCC federation with declarations including: More Light; Open and Affirming; Peace and Justice; Global Mission. Learn about us at pnecchurch.org. The position is posted on the PCUSA Leadership Connection and the UCC Ministry Opportunities. Contact Search Committee Chair Susan O’Donnell at [email protected] Presbyterian New England Congregational Church PO Box 582 Saratoga Springs NY 12866 pnecchurch.org Job Type: Full-time … [Read more...]

Two Positions: Associate Pastor for Discipleship and Youth Pastor or Director

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Worthington Presbyterian Church, a dynamic 1,400-member regional congregation in a historic suburb of Columbus, Ohio, seeks strong leaders for two positions. Successful candidates will join a collegial staff serving a growing, mission-focused faith community. The positions: Associate Pastor for Discipleship. Seeking a seasoned candidate with at least 10 years’ experience as an associate, senior or solo pastor. Strong background in Christian education and a passion for mission work are required. Duties include regular worship leadership and occasional preaching. Position will supervise the Director of Children’s and the Youth ministries. Youth Pastor or Director. Seeking an energetic candidate for this salaried, full-time position. The pastor/director primarily leads Junior and Senior High youth. Ministry includes planning and implementing programs centered on spiritual growth and faith development, including a mission trip for senior high. Full details: … [Read more...]

The gift of languages (May 24, 2015)

James Brashler

UNIFORM LESSON FOR MAY 24, 2015 Scripture Passage and Lesson Focus: Acts 2:1-7,12; 1 Corinthians 14:13-19 There are many different ways human beings communicate with each other. Words spoken and heard are the primary building blocks that make communication possible. From the first syllables uttered by a baby to the barely audible whispers as death approaches, the spoken word links human beings with each other from very early in life until life’s end. The gift of language is certainly an essential part of the gift of life. We can scarcely imagine how difficult life would be if human beings were deprived of the gift of language. God did not create human beings with the ability to communicate only with each other. God also chose to reveal God’s very self to human beings through the living Word Jesus and through the written words found in sacred Scripture. Language is the means by which God communicates with human beings and human beings commune with God in prayer. As John Calvin … [Read more...]

Misneach

Heidi H Armstrong Narrow

NOT LONG AGO MY HUSBAND AND I ACQUIRED a little boat — a 1973 Swedish-built 25-foot fiberglass troller that has a reputation for being unsinkable. Cruising at a modest 6 to 7 knots, her 33-horsepower diesel engine sips one-half gallon per hour. Maybe it’s in my blood, the influence of my merchant marine sailor father (although he died early in my life). Or, perhaps it’s the result of living on Puget Sound for ten years, with the intoxicating aroma of salt water wafting in the breeze. But I suspect a bit of what has drawn me to this boat is one of the earliest symbols for the church, scratched out with a few simple lines: a little hull and a cross for the mast. Centuries later, the middle section of the sanctuary (where the congregation sits) was designated the nave, from the Latin word navis meaning “ship” (“boat” is navicula). Glance up at the great Gothic ceiling high above and you’ll see it resembles the bottom of an inverted ship or boat. It may come as no surprise that … [Read more...]

April 27, 2015: Digital issue for subscribers

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The digital issue of the Presbyterian Outlook’s April 27, 2015 issue is now available!  It is viewable on almost all computers, tablets, and smartphones. Click here to view the digital issue. PLACEMENT IN THE PC(USA) Susan Fox and Lynn McClintock explore the dynamic relationship between seminary graduate placement and the changing landscape of the church and the world. LAUNCHING INTO THE FUTURE Leslie Scanlon reports on an initiative that helps college students not only land a job but discover their calling. MINISTRY BEYOND WALLS Two Chicago churches lean into ministry in the 21st century.   … [Read more...]

Feasting on the Gospels: Luke, Volumes 1 and 2 (bookmark) 

Feasting on Gospels

edited by Cynthia Jarvis and L. Elizabeth Johnson  Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Ky.  The hits just keep coming. The wise person who dreamed the “Feasting on the Word” idea and all its spinoffs should be given a medal for visionary thinking. Seriously, this is a rich resource for preachers and teachers — indeed, for all who want to study Scripture, passage by passage. Written in the style of the “Feasting on the Word Commentary” series, this two-part volume on Luke explores all the passages in the Gospel, not only those in the common lectionary. Four writers of considerable skill address each passage from one of four angles: theology, exegesis, pastoral care and homiletics. Think of this as the written form of a highly engaged Bible study group with multiple voices lifting up thoughtful comments that will stir up one’s imagination and lead to richer biblical sermons. Why limit the series to preachers? One might choose to study Luke’s Gospel using this as a daily … [Read more...]