• Outpost Blog 23 hours ago

    Stewardship: Why I give

    Stewardship: Why I give

    Guest Outpost blog by Stephen McKinney-Whitaker In just a few hours, I’ll have surgery. I don’t need it, but I need to do it. I’m having surgery to remove some of my bone marrow in order for it to be given to someone else. Who? I don’t know. All I know is that he is 29 and dying. Last September, our church hosted a bone marrow drive through Be the Match. We hosted this drive because two of our members have received life-saving stem cell or bone marrow transplants. Their… continue reading...
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  • Looking into the lectionary 23 hours ago

    22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Proper 17 – August 30, 2015

    22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Proper 17 – August 30, 2015

    by Jill Duffield
    Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9;  James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 At first read, I didn’t notice many – if any – common threads in this Sunday’s lectionary readings. But as I spent more time with them, I found some connections that I don’t think I made up. There is an earthiness to these readings that appeals to me. I find relief in the nitty-gritty, real-life absence of spiritual niceties in these texts. From the lustiness of Song of Songs, to Jesus’ talk of… umm, well… excrement, to… continue reading...
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  • Book Reviews 2 days ago

    Reclaiming Pietism: Retrieving an Evangelical Tradition

    Reclaiming Pietism: Retrieving an Evangelical Tradition

    by Michael Parker
    by Roger E. Olson and Christian T. Collins Winn William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Mich. 204 pages  Pietists are a misunderstood and much beset breed, the authors of “Reclaiming Pietism” assert. They are routinely accused of “religious subjectivism, emotionalism, anti-intellectualism, and otherworldliness.” Albrecht Ritschl’s “The History of Pietism,” a three-volume work that appeared between 1880 and 1886, castigated the movement as “an attempt to resurrect medieval monasticism outside the cloisters.” And Karl Barth, though hostile to Ritschl’s liberal theology, matched him in his disdain for Pietism, accusing it of… continue reading...
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PC(USA) leaders join other Christian groups in support of Iran nuclear agreement

LOUISVILLE (PNS) A growing number of Christian organizations are coming forward in support of the recent nuclear agreement with Iran, which was negotiated by China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany. Christian leaders are urging members of Congress to support it when it comes up for a vote in the coming weeks. Leaders from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as well as other denominations including Catholic, Pentecostal and Quaker sent a letter to Congress earlier this week. In the letter, the leaders wrote, “The agreement with Iran will dramatically shrink and impose unprecedented constraints on Iran’s nuclear program. In exchange, the international community will begin to lift sanctions on Iran. It also establishes the most robust monitoring and inspection regime ever negotiated to verify Iran’s compliance with the restrictions on its nuclear program.” The leaders said they felt called to speak out for the possibility of peace. “As faith leaders … [Read more...]

Stewardship: Why I give

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Guest Outpost blog by Stephen McKinney-Whitaker In just a few hours, I’ll have surgery. I don’t need it, but I need to do it. I’m having surgery to remove some of my bone marrow in order for it to be given to someone else. Who? I don’t know. All I know is that he is 29 and dying. Last September, our church hosted a bone marrow drive through Be the Match. We hosted this drive because two of our members have received life-saving stem cell or bone marrow transplants. Their stories inspired us to host a drive to connect more potential donors to those in need of a transplant. I got swabbed as did many of our members. In March, I was called and told I may be a match for someone. After a series of tests it was confirmed that out of everyone in the donor registry across the world, I was the best match for this young man. As I have prepared to donate my bone marrow, many people have asked me, “Why are you doing this?” I’ve thought a lot about my answer and why I’m giving. I signed … [Read more...]

22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Proper 17 – August 30, 2015

Jill Duffield

  Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9;  James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 At first read, I didn’t notice many – if any – common threads in this Sunday’s lectionary readings. But as I spent more time with them, I found some connections that I don’t think I made up. There is an earthiness to these readings that appeals to me. I find relief in the nitty-gritty, real-life absence of spiritual niceties in these texts. From the lustiness of Song of Songs, to Jesus’ talk of… umm, well… excrement, to James’ no-holds-barred admonishment to hold our gossipy tongues – these readings refute any claims that the Bible is irrelevant or exclusively spiritual. Incarnation abounds this late summer Lord’s Day and our sermons will be better if we don’t try and clean up the biblical record for the sake of not offending the churchy among us. Jesus won’t let the Pharisees get away with scrubbing the record, so we shouldn’t either. An inclination to sanitize is only our first … [Read more...]

Presbyterian mission co-workers cautiously optimistic about South Sudan peace agreement

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN (PNS) Presbyterians close to the conflict in South Sudan are praying the peace agreement signed today by President Salva Kiir will bring about lasting peace. The agreement was signed Wednesday around 5 p.m. EAT (eastern Africa time) in front of a group of regional African leaders in Juba. Kiir’s rival, Riek Machar, signed the agreement a week ago in Ethiopia, but Kiir refused to sign saying he needed more time to review it. After threats of a U.N. arms embargo and sanctions, Kiir finally signed but expressed reservations about portions of the agreement, including the sharing of power. Under the agreement, Machar will become the country’s First Vice President. South Sudan's executive branch of government will consist of a President, First Vice President and Vice President. Peter Tibi, director of RECONCILE International (Resource Centre for Civil Leadership), a Presbyterian World Mission partner, was coordinator for the faith-based observers during the … [Read more...]

Reclaiming Pietism: Retrieving an Evangelical Tradition

Reclaiming Pietism- Retrieving an Evangelical Tradition

by Roger E. Olson and Christian T. Collins Winn William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Mich. 204 pages  Pietists are a misunderstood and much beset breed, the authors of “Reclaiming Pietism” assert. They are routinely accused of “religious subjectivism, emotionalism, anti-intellectualism, and otherworldliness.” Albrecht Ritschl’s “The History of Pietism,” a three-volume work that appeared between 1880 and 1886, castigated the movement as “an attempt to resurrect medieval monasticism outside the cloisters.” And Karl Barth, though hostile to Ritschl’s liberal theology, matched him in his disdain for Pietism, accusing it of unbridled individualism. “I would rather be in hell with the world church,” he grumbled, “than in heaven with Pietism.” Roger Olson and Christian Collins Winn are unabashed Pietists. Olson teaches theology and ethics at George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas, and Collins teaches historical and systematic theology at Bethel … [Read more...]

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One bedroom condominium near the beach. Good terms for clergy and families. Has pull out couch and all amenities. E-mail [email protected] for details. … [Read more...]