November 27, 2019

We give thanks for:

  • Those who worship with us on Sunday morning

  • Those who volunteer at the food pantry

  • Those who work to keep things running at St. Stephen's: Kanchalee, Oksana, Bonnie, Armand, Tony, Pastor Jason

  • Those who volunteer and support activi...

November 20, 2019

I pulled up to church one Sunday morning when the bells at Westminster Presbyterian started to play "Holy, Holy, Holy." It's one of those hymns I know, so I was singing along:

    Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty! 

    Early in the morning our song shall ris...

November 6, 2019

I can’t say that I have an all-time favorite hymn, but there are several that I’m always glad to sing.

There are the standards: "Built on Rock," "A Mighty Fortress," "The Church’s One Foundation." Those are hymns that have been around for generations, not only in the Lu...

October 23, 2019

I sometimes have dreams that leave me tired and troubled in the morning. I can rarely remember details. I just remember that I had a "really weird dream." 

Sometimes I have dreams that I remember, and unlike the wise souls of the Bible, I have no idea what they mean.

Thi...

October 9, 2019

Henry and Noah were excited to carry the cross on Sunday morning. It was fun to watch their excitement. I understood it. In the church of my childhood, you could acolyte starting in 7th grade, but couldn't be a crucifer until 10th grade, because the cross was heavy. Bu...

September 25, 2019

Here’s a push for reading outside the box.

After a random comment that the letter of Jude is seldom (ever?) read, our Wednesday Bible study group decided to read it. It’s short. It wasn’t edifying. But it mentioned the book of Enoch. Enoch is obviously not in our Bible,...

September 11, 2019

I like how little things can make you smile and change your day,

On my way to church Sunday, I stopped at a red light. A gentleman crossed in front of me pushing his young son in a stroller. The man did not acknowledge me at all, but halfway across the road the little b...

August 28, 2019

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about vision.

I am the kid who got my first pair of glasses and then spent hours staring out the window amazed that I could see individual leaves on the trees.

I hated having to get new frames because I couldn’t see myself in the mirror to...

August 14, 2019

I recently heard a podcast of Hidden Brain entitled "Where Does Religion Come From?" which explores how people become believers, where rituals come from and what purpose religion serves. 

As believers, we tend to think about religion only in terms of theology and faith....

June 19, 2019

I was listening to the audio of a cable-channel show. 

I don't watch the show itself. I find some of the people to be incredibly annoying.  But I wanted to give the audio a try since I can fast-forward past the annoying sections.

One evening the panel was answering quest...

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