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World Religion – from Pastor Scott

World Religions Theologian Paul Tillich once described religion as “ultimate concern.”  This description was made without reference to belief in a higher power or belief in the sacred.  Truth is, every religion is different.  Some religions focus on multiple gods and some do not...
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What’s in a Name? – from Pastor Scott

During seminary I served two small churches in the Chicago area.  Following my time with these congregations, the churches merged with another church in the area.  The three churches then sold their respective buildings and built a brand new structure to house the new...
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Answering a Call – By Pastor Scott

Do you know anything about President James Garfield?  Garfield was the 20th President of the United States.  He came into office in 1881, serving only 200 days.  Garfield died of infection from a gunshot wound.  While his time in office was short, he made an impact. The...
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Moved by the Spirit

A word I often reflect on is “safe.”  In a sometimes crazy, chaotic, and stressful world, many of us desire to feel safe.  Safety is a basic human yearning. For some of us a song or hymn makes us feel safe.  I love the hymn, “They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love.”  When...
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Rejoice Always – by Pastor Scott

Frantic!  Frantic!  Does this describe your life?  Do you have a lot on your plate?  Are you busy keeping up with work and family matters?  We can all relate to busy schedules. Now one obvious concern in all this busyness is that we lose sight of what is most important.  When we...
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The Glory of Easter

Bishop William R. Cannon was fond of declaring that our faith is based on three historical events . . . a manger crib, an old rugged cross, and an empty tomb.  On Easter Sunday, we declare the good news of the empty tomb. In 1 Corinthians 15:12-14 we read, “Now if Christ is...
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Forty Days and Forty Nights

“Let us occupy ourselves entirely in knowing God.” – Brother Lawrence Lent is a period of forty days and forty nights that leads to Easter.  The forty days represent the time that Jesus spent in the wilderness facing temptation.  The season begins with Ash Wednesday. During this...
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“One Church Plan” does not pass

Dear Friends, As some of you know, the Special General Conference of the United Methodist Church was completed today. Three main plans were proposed to seek ways to move forward as a denomination. The plan the Council of Bishops chose, “The One Church Plan,” did not pass. This...
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Worship +2 Reflection from Pastor Scott

A colleague once shared with me there are times in which we need to be on a stretcher being carried by others. There are also times in which we need to walk alongside the stretcher. Furthermore, there are times in which we need to carry the stretcher. This illustration brings out...
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Commission on a Way Forward & General Conference Special Session

The Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church will be held Feb. 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, MO where hundreds of delegates from around the world will gather to receive and act upon a report* from the Commission on a Way Forward based on the...
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