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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Week of October 15, 2017

The everyday stuff--that's where it all matters. And that's where it's most difficult. Perspective has to be the purpose.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Week of October 8, 2017

Thank you so much for all the ways you have shown lately that New Kirk Presbyterian is all in. Let's review.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Week of October 1, 2017

Our stewardship season ends this Sunday. We've journeyed with Jonah from Jerusalem to Joffa and then out to sea towards Tarshish. We've struggled with conviction, slept in the hull while the ship was storm-tossed, and even have been tossed into the great, dark stormy waters ourselves. After three days of tummy time with a large fish, we found ourselves spit up back in Joffa, walking back to Jerusalem, and headed out for a ten-day hike through enemy territory to Nineveh. One day into the three-day walk-and-preach marathon, once in Nineveh, was all it took. The whole town turned to God. And this week will move us throug the temper tantrum of enduring a God whose thoughts are not our thoughts. Nor are his ways ours (Isaiah 55.8).

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Week of September 24, 2017

I can tell we are in stewardship mode around here. Everyone's talking about getting involved and finding their place in ministry. WOWs are as well attended now as the super popular Jesus Christ Superstar series last Lent. And the discussion is just as edgy. Inquirer Meet-ups start this Sunday. These are certain to be exciting with our new potential family members from Breath of Life Lutheran and other regular visitors from the community. And, of course, our committees are as busy as ever gearing up for church workdays, local mission projects, churchwide community fellowship events, and for the various ways we seek to faithfully minister to our own families.

We have two weeks remaining in Jonah.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Week of September 17, 2017

You don't know something until you're knee deep in it. The compound word "understand" is another way of saying it. At least the mind goes to less smelly images when saying "understand" versus talk of being knee deep in something. But I guess it really depends on what it is we stand under.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Week of September 10, 2017

Feeling "in the groove" yet? Fall's still a couple of weeks out, but summer couldn't be more over. All the indicators are there. By now, if you have school-age kids, you've mastered the clock, even down to the preciseness of seconds. You can get anywhere on time (well, on your time) every day of the week. Thursday through Monday, there are football games live and in-person in your neighborhood or on television. The evening sun has become bashful, and it's getting worse by the day. Shoot, we've even had our first (and hopefully last) hurricane--a factor of fall that seemed no longer en vogue until this year.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Week of September 3, 2017

Over the past four weeks, we've established something which I'm sure by now you're tired of hearing.