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1 Samuel 14:36-45

Oy. Here we go again. The lectionary readings for this coming Sunday include 1 Samuel 14:35-45, the story of Saul, a man so obsessed with purity that he would kill his own son for a minor offense: licking a bit of … Continue reading

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Are churches partnering with libraries?

I think there’s fertile ground for churches collaborating with public libraries. Both are in the business of serving people, improving lives, acting as a community center, and doing it on a tight budget. How have libraries helped your church? How … Continue reading

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On “thou” and “ye” in the Lord’s Prayer in the KJV Bible

My friend Marthame said in a recent sermon that art, as in “who art in Heaven”, is an informal or familiar version of “are”. That is, he said, the translators of the King James Version of the Bible were picking … Continue reading

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A joke about original sin

I first heard this in another form in Encyclopedia of Jewish Humor, a book I love so much that I had worn out my first copy before I graduated from high school. While pondering it last night, it occurred to … Continue reading

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New patter verses for “Awesome God”

My friend and fellow WordPressite Marthame was looking for better lyrics for the verses of “Awesome God”. Since his theme for the week will be “Hallowed be Thy Name”, I came up with these: Verse 1: Allah, Jehovah, Adonai, who heals … Continue reading

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On #opencts and housing at Columbia Theological Seminary

The preliminaries: Alumni/ae of Columbia Theological Seminary have led worship I’ve attended and have officiated at my wedding, but I’m not otherwise affiliated. The PCUSA seminary currently offers student housing in two forms: “married” housing and “single” housing. Its current … Continue reading

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Food Pantry Shopping List

A practical post for once, and not just my thoughts. These are the staples the OPC food pantry always needs: Buttermilk biscuit mix (8 oz) Cornmeal mix (8 oz) Sugar (2 lb) Grits (2 lb) Peanut butter (18 oz) Instant … Continue reading

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