• Editorials 4 hours ago

    What’s next?

    What’s next?

    by Jill Duffield
    A commencement is a beginning, and like all beginnings, it is combined with an ending. This season of gowns and tassels brings with it joy and grief, relief and anxiety. Graduation caps read, “I made it!” or “Game of Loans.” Many pose a simple but critical question, “Who is hiring?” Some are poetic and muse about shooting for the moon or following dreams. The religiously oriented grads simply put Jeremiah 29:11 or the ever popular John 3:16. Most of these brief, often glittery, messages convey a sense of ambiguity about what… continue reading...
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  • Outpost Blog 4 hours ago

    17 things I wish I’d known right out of seminary

    17 things I wish I’d known right out of seminary

    by Brian Christopher Coulter
    This month we asked our bloggers what they wish they’d known as they graduated seminary and began their ministry. Here are their answers. I’ve only been at this ministry thing in an ordained capacity for about six years now. Asking me for advice about being a pastor is equivalent to asking a first-grader for advice on your ordination exams… there are many better, more-qualified options available to you out there. But with that being said, I thought I would reflect a little on what I wish I knew coming out… continue reading...
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  • Movie Reviews 2 days ago

    The Longest Ride

    The Longest Ride

    by Ronald P. Salfen
    You would expect a movie based on a Nicholas Sparks book to be a sappy romance… and it is. But it’s also a celebration of long-lasting marriage, which we Presbyterians welcome anywhere in cinema. Scott Eastwood (yes, the son of Clint Eastwood, and the resemblance is startling) plays Luke Collins, an ambitious professional bull rider. He’s eager to make it to the top of the world rankings, though he’s already suffered some serious injuries in the process (which he says happens to all the real pros). He happens to meet… continue reading...
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What’s next?

Jill headroom

A commencement is a beginning, and like all beginnings, it is combined with an ending. This season of gowns and tassels brings with it joy and grief, relief and anxiety. Graduation caps read, “I made it!” or “Game of Loans.” Many pose a simple but critical question, “Who is hiring?” Some are poetic and muse about shooting for the moon or following dreams. The religiously oriented grads simply put Jeremiah 29:11 or the ever popular John 3:16. Most of these brief, often glittery, messages convey a sense of ambiguity about what comes next. Will the loans ever get paid? Will the job offer or graduate admission letter come through? Do one’s visions and dreams for the future really come true? We with some distance from those days might be tempted to answer quickly in succession, “Yes, but not for a long time.” “Maybe, but the job or the graduate program might not be what you imagined it would be.” “Some do, some don’t, but there is a whole lot you can’t begin to envision, both good and … [Read more...]

17 things I wish I’d known right out of seminary

brian coulter

This month we asked our bloggers what they wish they’d known as they graduated seminary and began their ministry. Here are their answers. I’ve only been at this ministry thing in an ordained capacity for about six years now. Asking me for advice about being a pastor is equivalent to asking a first-grader for advice on your ordination exams… there are many better, more-qualified options available to you out there. But with that being said, I thought I would reflect a little on what I wish I knew coming out of seminary. Maybe these will provide some talking points as you continue to seek advice: I wish I knew that I did not know very much.  I still do not.  There are libraries filled with books that I know nothing about.  For that matter, there are shelves in my office filled with books that I know nothing about.  There are many ministry tasks that require a large amount of confidence, and so it is very humbling to realize how little we know. I wish I knew when to respond and … [Read more...]

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PC(USA) calls on Indonesian government to halt execution of Mary Jane Veloso

LOUISVILLE (PNS) Mary Jane Veloso, a 30-year-old Filipino woman convicted of alleged drug trafficking, has been transferred to a detention center on Indonesia’s Nusakambangan Island, where she awaits execution by firing squad pending an appeal process. “Mary Jane’s lawyers were planning to submit an appeal on Monday [April 27] based on new evidence, specifically that she was a victim of human trafficking. They hurriedly submitted their appeal, a mere 10 minutes before the courts closed on Friday [April 24],” says Rebecca Lawson, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-worker in the Philippines. “This appeal could help, if only there is enough time.” Veloso described her journey from domestic worker to death row in a handwritten statement transcribed by her sister and posted on the website of human rights advocacy group Migrante International. Migrante International is active in human rights advocacy efforts in the Philippines, particularly those related to human … [Read more...]

The Longest Ride

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You would expect a movie based on a Nicholas Sparks book to be a sappy romance… and it is. But it’s also a celebration of long-lasting marriage, which we Presbyterians welcome anywhere in cinema. Scott Eastwood (yes, the son of Clint Eastwood, and the resemblance is startling) plays Luke Collins, an ambitious professional bull rider. He’s eager to make it to the top of the world rankings, though he’s already suffered some serious injuries in the process (which he says happens to all the real pros). He happens to meet Sophia (Britt Robertson), a sorority girl from Wake Forest who’s going to graduate in a couple of months. They hit it off immediately, even though they come from different worlds. But they also both realize that there doesn’t seem to be much future for them since she’s an art major who’s already accepted a post-graduate internship at a prestigious gallery in New York City and he’s committed to the rodeo circuit. Not much intersection there, but they date a couple of … [Read more...]

Roundtable interview with “The Longest Ride” writer and cast

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Dallas, Texas, April 1, 2015 Nicholas Sparks, writer Scott Eastwood & Britt Robertson, cast Ron Salfen for the Presbyterian Outlook Britt Robertson: Are there enough chairs for everyone? I like sitting in a little circle like this, it feels more intimate (than the Q-and-A last night at the theater after the screening). Also, I want to shake hands with each of you, if that’s OK. (Handshakes all around.) Nicholas Sparks: So, I’m told that we only have a few minutes here, so I’m going to have to ask for just one question from everyone. OK? Britt Robertson (to Nicholas Sparks): Oh, nothing like taking charge, right? (Laughter all around.) Presbyterian Outlook: I guess I’m the token old guy in the group here. So naturally, I identified with the Alan Alda character, the one who was married forever. Personally, I’ve been married 46 years, with the love of my life, and I just wondered: Is that the goal here? To celebrate that unique relationship where your significant … [Read more...]

Pastor/Head of Staff

New Wilmington Presbyterian Church is seeking a Pastor/Head of Staff for a 490-member church, located in a small college town in western Pennsylvania. Our worship is a blended service combining traditional and contemporary elements. Our common bonds are a dedication to local and worldwide mission and a devotion to each other as members of a church family. We seek a servant leader who will challenge us to grow deeper in scripture and wider in service while following the commandments of loving God and loving neighbor. Visit our website at nwpresby.org. View our MIF #00684.AE1. Submit PIF to [email protected] New Wilmington Presbyterian Church 229 South Market Street New Wilmington, PA 16142 nwpresby.org Job Type: Full-time … [Read more...]