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Searching the Scriptures but Missing the Point

Bill Fowler, Provost  |  June 6, 2016 11:34 am

Offended by Jesus’ claim In John 5, Jesus is dealing with Jewish leaders (most likely scribes and Pharisees at this point in his ministry) who take offense at his claim that God is his Father and that he is simply working alongside his Father. They get the implication that, if Jesus is calling God his … MORE

A Lasting Center for Community

Jay Smith, President  |  June 1, 2016 10:04 am

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“Community” has become a catchword in today’s Western culture. We talk frequently about being a part of a particular “community” or we discuss the need to be in an “authentic community” and we bemoan the superficial communities with whose policies or politics we disagree. We discuss the nature of political communities, religious communities, racial communities, … MORE

Treasure in Jars of Clay

Bill Fowler, Provost  |  May 31, 2016 7:30 am

Job description? Several years ago, I was called to a church where the two former pastors had been incredibly gifted men. I looked at my own gifts and felt intimidated by the position I was being called to fill. Trying to understand God’s purpose in calling me to the church, I asked Him what His … MORE

Are We Missing Jesus in Our Radical Christianity?

Bill Fowler, Provost  |  April 25, 2016 8:36 am

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Christianity: Meant to be radicalI believe in a radical commitment to Jesus. Something about “if anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily, and follow me,” sounds profoundly radical, particularly in the first century when crosses were the occasions of horrible deaths rather than ornaments at the end … MORE

Why We Can’t Live Without Sabbath

Jay Smith, President  |  April 8, 2016 2:30 pm

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I am returning from a retreat on an island in the San Juan Archipelago, one of the most beautiful places I know of in the Pacific Northwest. I take a retreat once or twice a year to slow down, to regroup, and to find my center in this fast paced world. I realize that in … MORE