Vows

After David was baptized, people in church kept telling me congratulations. I didn’t realize that was what people tell parents after their children are baptized, but it makes sense. We don’t believe the water saved David, but that it represents Christ’s cleansing power, union with Christ and David’s inclusion in God’s covenant community. When Matt

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David’s baptism

David was baptized this weekend. I grew up in a church that didn’t baptize little ones, so if you’re like me and are unfamiliar with the practice of baptizing infants, I found this explanation. In addition to claiming God’s covenant on behalf of David, it was also an opportunity for Tom and me to stand

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Since we’re on the subject of goal setting and new years’ resolutions

tumblr_lyohdqfu8k1r2ys05 Since we’re on the subject of goal-setting and New Year’s resolutions, this sermon on 2 Samuel 6-25 made consider success and failure in a whole new light.  “Failure is exposure, and exposure can lead to repentance and repentance can lead to Jesus, the ultimate arrival… “Our success and our sinfulness may lead us to think

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Advent

I’m a couple of days late, but let’s talk about Advent. The Advent season began Sunday, November 27. If you’re interested in an Advent devotional, check out http://wepcadvent.wordpress.com/ “Over the 2011 season of Advent, West End Presbyterian Church will journey from Creation to Cross together. As we prepare and wait for the coming of our

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Psalm 100

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;

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Well said.

I follow a blog called Paradox Uganda, and it’s different than any other blog I’ve read. It’s written by Dr. Jennifer Myhre, she and her family have lived in Africa (mostly Uganda, most recently Kenya) as missionaries through World Harvest Mission for almost two decades. Like most missionaries, Dr. Myhre has abundant tales of trials,

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