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Easter People

Posted by on May 10, 2019 in Food for Thought

I have told this story several times now, but it bears repeating. Our friends at Peniel United Methodist Church, where I served back in 2007, had a great sign out a few years ago.  It read something like this:  “Why wait until Easter?  We worship here every Sunday.” Of course, the message is easy to understand. It would be hard to find a Christian church anywhere in the western world (that is,...

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5 Parties Who Influenced My Faith

Posted by on Mar 23, 2019 in Food for Thought

I may have talked about this before – I wasn’t always a very spiritual person. My childhood family never used to go to church (not from lack of belief but from lack of motivation), and I was baptized only out of principle. But all of that changed when I got older. My faith story is one that I could talk about for ages, but for today, I would like to talk just about the people who...

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Music as a Religious Passion

Posted by on Mar 9, 2019 in Church Life, Food for Thought

I feel so strongly that you cannot have church without music. The human experience revolves somewhat around music; there’s no way to get around it! We’re born with the immediate need to emanate sound from our bodies and then from other objects as we learn what it is to make noise on purpose. As we grow up, we hear music all around us even when we aren’t intending to....

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Season of (Almost?) Love

Posted by on Feb 25, 2019 in Food for Thought

Okay, this one is going to be a little hard for some people to swallow. But bear with me here! Maybe – and this is the hard part – we don’t immediately fall in love with every human we meet… I know – shocking! But God says that we should love His Creation and all of His people therein. If we’re going to live by His Word (which we probably should right?) then...

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5 Things I Love About Salem UMC!!

Posted by on Feb 9, 2019 in Church Life, Food for Thought

5 Things I Love About Salem UMC!!

I haven’t always been a “church-goer;” in fact, there have been some times in my life when going to church was the last thing I ever wanted to do. But once I started going to Salem UMC, something just clicked! For the longest time, I couldn’t figure out what it was about this church that was so different from others I had visited. Well, I finally sat down recently to...

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When You Don’t Feel Like Going to Church

Posted by on Jan 6, 2019 in Food for Thought

When You Don’t Feel Like Going to Church

“Ughhh – it’s Sunday again. It’s so early, and I feel like I haven’t slept in a week.” (Gets up from the bed and feels immediate pounding in the head.) “Oh no, I can feel the restless headache coming on already. Why do my legs feel like noodles? … Fine, I’ll get up.” (Goes to the kitchen and makes a cup of coffee. Takes the first sip.)...

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