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Growing in Faith

I have a pretty ecumenical background: I was baptized Presbyterian but grew up in military post chapels, where Protestant worship was led by pastors of a different denomination every year. Our family jokingly identified as “Episcomethobapterian” – so I’m pretty comfortable everywhere. I joined my best friend’s Methodist church in college and later spent almost 12 years as a worship…

Time to Die

So did the “Greeks” that wanted to see Jesus get to see him or not? That is a question I ask every time I read this story. All we know is that when Andrew and Philip told Jesus that these folks wanted to see him, Jesus gave a cryptic reply and then began speaking to the crowd, then he offered a prayer for others to hear and then God spoke and then Jesus spoke to the crowd again. We…

The Time Has Come

Believe it or not, there are only two weeks left in the season of Lent, which means Easter is right around the corner. This also means that there are huge changes for this faith community right around the corner, as well. As you know, because of budget issues, we will be eliminating the Director of Adult Ministries & Outreach position effective April 1. Now, as much as I hate to have Meghan…

Embrace the Cross

This verse is perhaps the most popular verse in the New Testament and it is considered by many as the best summary of Christianity as a whole. The verse became extremely popular in the 1970’s when Rollen Stewart, a self-proclaimed hippie with a rainbow afro wig, would dance around at NFL games holding up a sign that read, John 3:16. With sports being televised so much more and the growth…

Turning Toward

Dear Salem Family,

This will be my last letter to you as staff here at Salem. So, I thought I’d leave you with a challenge.

There are many changes that will be happening for Salem in the next couple of months. Change is scary. Change is hard. And turning toward what’s hard and scary and vulnerable is not usually our default choice. We often spend all kinds of time trying to avoid…

Spring Cleaning

Today, and for the next two weeks, we will be reading our Gospel text from the Gospel of John and not the Gospel of Mark. Now in John’s Gospel, things often happen in a slightly different order than in the other Gospels and our story today is one of those stories.

In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke the story of Jesus entering the temple overturning the tables of the money…

​Tone Deaf

Over the past week I have been shocked by all of the negative social media posts aimed at the students from the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. Many students chose to speak out against assault weapons and gun violence. They spoke their truths and shared an intimate portrait of a tragedy that no child should ever have to experience. One would think that we as a country…

A Different Way

I know I date myself when I do things like I am about to do, but how many of you remember this jingle: “Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce, special orders don’t upset us, all we ask is that you let us serve it your way. Have it your way, have it your way, at ....” Yes, at Burger King! Yes, for 40 years, Burger King promoted itself with the slogan of “Have it your way!”. That notion…

​Trusting in the Promises

I love the story in Genesis when Abraham and Sarah, in their nineties, are told that they will have a child – and they laugh! And yet, a year later they have Isaac – which, by the way, means laughter. How many stories do we have where God is trying to convince his people that they can trust in His promises? They struggled with God’s ways just as we do today. How difficult is it to trust…

Temptation to Proclamation

As we begin the season of Lent, we begin with Jesus proclaiming the most critical point that he will proclaim throughout his life and ministry, “the Kingdom of God has come near…” (1:15). In Mark, as in Matthew and Luke, “the kingdom of God” is THE announcement around which the rest of Jesus’ words and deeds will revolve. But before Jesus can make this announcement, Mark…

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