Pentecost Ponderings: Secret Friends Edition

One of the things that I have been trying to encourage here at St. Matthew’s, if somewhat indirectly, is a “permission-giving” model of being. Unfortunately, one thing that churches in general have often done is invest in a lot of time and energy to say “no.” The idea is that...

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Pentecost Ponderings: Time

Time, like an ever rolling stream, Bears all its sons away; They fly, forgotten, as a dream Dies at the opening day. -From Isaac Watts, O God our Help in Ages Past, 1719, based on Psalm 90 As I was explaining to a few people this past Sunday, I often...

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Pentecost Ponderings X

Fear, it seems, is a base instinct. It comes out of the natural sense of self-preservation. In the right doses it can tell us that standing in the path of an oncoming train, or poking a bear with a stick may not be good for our long-term health. Some animals...

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Pentecost Ponderings IX

It seems that St. Matthew’s has become a “Poke-Stop.” If you haven’t heard of “Pokemon Go” it is a very recently released game for smartphones. The idea is that it is a video game where one catches cute little creatures called Pokemon. It’s based on a popular card game and...

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Pentecost Ponderings VII

“Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what...

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