Reflections based on ‘We Refused to Lead a Dying Church”

I returned to We Refused to Lead A Dying Church on an impulse when looking for a devotional for the staff meeting last week, and have been rereading the stories in this book about congregations with near-death experiences. Paul Nixon, the author, set out the following...

International Women’s Day and the Church

On this International Women's Day, here are some reflections on the history of women in the church and their experiences of equality and inequality. During his ministry, Jesus relied on financial support from a group of women.  During the first 20 to 30 years after...

New Discussion Group on Vexatious Verses

Improving weather means it might be worthwhile trying discussion groups again on Tuesday mornings at 10.  What I would like to host are discussions of vexatious verses like Luke 14:26 and Ecclesiastes 3:9 and 3:18-22.  We continue meeting in the Great Room.  If you...

More About the Milk River Trip June 22 to 24

Here is more information about the Milk River Trip, June 22 to 24.  The following plans are subject to negotiation. Day 1 of the proposed Milk River Trip: First encounter with an incredible landscape. Bonnie and I will leave Friday morning with our Camper Van and Car...

The Tenth Commandment and Society Today

I appreciated Tom's messaged March 4 about the ten commandments, and, reflecting on his message in scanning our society today, I realized the tenth commandment is extremely relevant. Covetousness is a major driver for good and for ill in our world today.  It plays out...

Milk River Canoe Trip Deadline

If we are going to have a special trip to the Milk River and Writing-on-Stone Park June 22 to 24, I need your commitments by Monday, April 9.  It normally takes at least 2 months to plan a successful canoe trip for a group of people. If you are planning to participate...

Shifts to Jim’s Activities

Reflecting on responses to what I have been doing and looking ahead to the remainder of my time with St. Andrew's, here are shifts to what I am doing. I am dropping all my planned discussion groups as the coming of spring seems to be giving people too many other...

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