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Pastor Mark

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Object of Protest

As I drove into the church parking lot on Wednesday night I was surprised to be greeted by picketers. There were a dozen protesters carrying signs and yelling at the cars that came into our...

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January 25, 2008
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Congregationalism at Work

This Sunday we put the Congregation in Congregationalism. People often ask me about the difference between Protestant denominations. The simplest answer is our governance systems. As Congregationalists we are among the most democratic. This Sunday...

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January 12, 2008
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Mainline on Track?

How many times have you seen news articles proclaiming that the mainline is dead? The mainline in this case is not Amtrak, but the historically predominant American Protestant churches—Presbyterians, Methodists, Lutherans, Episcopalians, and, yes, the...

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January 10, 2008
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Wreath Making

Advent begins on Sunday and Christmas preparations are underway. As I write this I hear the sounds of pruning shears, wire cutters and the pleasant voices of wreath makers hard at work. This happens once...

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December 04, 2007
Chili Rookie
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Chili Rookie

The first time I made chili I was a college sophomore. My fraternity was having a barn dance (it was Nebraska) in a real barn, at a farm, with hay and all that involves. Since...

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October 12, 2007
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Too Costly

A lot has changed in the past six years. As the nation marked the sixth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks I reflected on that day in 2001. Not just the clear blue sky,...

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September 21, 2007
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