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This Sunday

Friends, Happy All Saints Day Eve to you all! Well, Happy Halloween to you all, but as a pastor I should probably mention the more important holiday that we have tomorrow: All Saints’ Day. In the book of Hebrews, in … Continue reading

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This Sunday

Friends, I hope that you do not get this email until tonight because you are all out enjoying this lovely day, as our Confessions tell us to do (“The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him … Continue reading

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This Sunday

Friends, As the sun sets on this perfect fall day, I am reminded that while I like Scottish theology, I like Scottish music, I like Scottish accents, and I even like Scottish food and beverages, I am perfectly content to … Continue reading

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This Sunday

Friends, One of the neat things about studying the Bible is the opportunity to delve into ancient Greek and Hebrew and discover some of the common words that, in English, don’t quite capture their original richness. This is especially common … Continue reading

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This Sunday

Friends, Have you taken the time to be astonished this week? Have you been “beside yourself” at all? Last Sunday, I mentioned that one of the Greek words for astonishment or amazement is “ekstasis,” which literally means “standing outside (yourself).” … Continue reading

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This Sunday

When was the last time that you were utterly astonished? To be honest, I can’t really remember my last time. It’s not that I don’t get astonished; it’s just that my first response to astonishment is to channel it into … Continue reading

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This Sunday

Friends, I hope that you have had a good week, and that you have thought about the differences between good fear– the fear of things that separate us from God– and bad fear– the fear of being in God’s presence. … Continue reading

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