The People's Choice for July

Last April, we had a congregational survey during one of the worship services to ask the congregation and the choir to give us some suggestions as to sermon topics and hymns to sing. There were 41 sermon topics and 123 hymns suggested, compiled unedited by one of our office volunteers. At

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Setting Obstacles to Grace

I was on a Trimet bus a few months ago when a trio of folks got on who didn’t have the money to pay for the trip but the driver let them on anyway. I struck up a conversation with them and learned they were going to a soup dinner

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Compassion is not a Christian Thing

For our Sunday morning class The Gathering, we began a series on Compassion this past Sunday. We started out by looking at “The Golden Rule” in the Christian Tradition: What many of us didn’t know is that a similar orientation towards compassion exists in other religions. For example, the Judeo-Christian

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Convergence and Worship Planning

No less than five people who left the worship service on Sunday said the same thing: “I’m so glad you used Laron’s hymn.” For the first person, I was perplexed. I looked at the hymns and I didn’t see any of them written by Laron Hall, former pastor of First

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