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FAQ: Difficult Passages Blog #3

FAQ: Difficult Passages Part 3 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 Question: What is the reason for head coverings? Are they relevant today? What was considered a head covering? Two caveats before I start: First, in Paul and Gender, Cynthia Long Westfall spends twenty pages discussing this passage. I won’t be taking up that much space. If you’d …


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FAQ: Difficult Passages Blog #2

FAQ: Difficult Passages Blog 2 Romans 11:25 “I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved.” (Romans …


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FAQ: Difficult Passages Blog #1

FAQ: Difficult Passages Part 1 1 Corinthians 15:20-34 Jeremy Light Before I get to this passage, I want to say thank you and to commend you! We received more “difficult passages” questions than there are weeks in the summer. This means we won’t get to them all in our Sunday services. So, we will address …


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3 Current Conversations – Join In!

There are currently three items under discussion by the Board for you to be aware of. We would appreciate hearing your thoughts on any of the following: 1. The “Missional” Conversation  This is a conversation around the question of whether our historical view of missions is the same as the future view. How is God …


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7 Benefits of the Reformation

This year, 2017, marks the 500th birthday of the Protestant Reformation. On October 31st it will be the anniversary date when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg. Earlier this month I took a 10-day trip to Germany on “vacation with a purpose”. It was a Reformation tour to mark …


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By-Law Change and Women in Leadership

The following two items are under discussion for further review following the May 29, 2017 Members Meeting. Please take time to review the materials below and forward any questions to the Board. Questions will be addressed at town hall meetings planned for late August and September 2017. By-Law Change Related to Board Composition Process for …


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A Rewarding Week in Egypt

  I’m pleased to report that my recent teaching opportunity in Egypt was very rewarding, perhaps one of the most satisfying of my life. That’s a strong comparison, and I recognize that I may not be fully objective at this point in time. Thank you for praying for me, as many of you have attested. …


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When God is Silent – Poem by Ken Lievers

When God is Silent Jb.30:20; Ps.22:1-3; 73:25 In tearful prayer I sought the face of God, The agony contorting all my soul Time and again, abject before His throne In faith, yielding to His divine control. And yet, the deafening silence seemed austere. Did all my heartfelt words not reach His ear? Did God now …


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When God is Silent – Week Three Blog

I’ve been following the comic strip, Coffee With Jesus, for a few years now. I appreciate how the strip uses humour to make a point. Sometimes that point hits uncomfortably close to home! I may or may not own a Hawaiian shirt. The premise is pretty simple: it’s usually four panes showing someone interacting with …


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When God is Silent – The Silent Times

The Silent Times Those seven silent days Job’s friends saw suffering, grief. While they did hold their peace God did not bring relief. (Job 2:13) Those nine months slowly passed. He didn’t say one word But mulled over all that God promised and ensured. (Lk.1:13, 20, 64-65) Those thirteen years enslaved The heavens seemed like …


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