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Staff Meeting Devotion Oct. 23, 2012


Job is a curious book of the Bible.  The author is unknown, and the time and place of writing are unknown.  The narrative itself leaves us with lots of unanswered questions.  Some suggest that Job never lived, but was rather a description of a reality, like an illustration of Israel or a character in a fable.  So, what answers are there to be

Staff Meeting Devotion Oct. 16, 2012

“Biblical Imagination”

In Eugene Peterson’s memoir, The Pastor, he talks a lot about having a “pastoral imagination,” which can basically be defined as “a way of seeing, a seeing of more than what is immediately present, what one scholar calls a ‘seeing in depth’”. A biblical imagination is finding ourselves within the biblical story.

Staff Meeting Devotion Oct. 2, 2012


“And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.” Gen. 1:3-5

From August 26, 2012 at Connexion and Sept. 9 on Sunday morning

“The ordinary idea which we all have before we become Christians is this.  We take as starting point our ordinary self with its various desires and interests.  We then admit that something else–call it ‘morality’ or ‘decent behaviour’, or ‘the good of society’–has claims on this self:  claims which interfere with its own

From Sunday, August 26, 2012

The quote from the sermon:

“But faith–unlike the other kind of knowledge–is not a constant.  It is a light which blazes like a thousand suns–at some times; at others, it flickers dimly, casting shadows of changing shapes.  But even when it is weak we struggle to brighten the flame–for it is the most precious of commodities.  Man knows no blackness to match the darkness when that light has gone out.  And no man who has ever seen it will rest happy until it is rekindled.  And when it burns bright, all other lamps are feeble.”  –Rabbi Chanan Brichto, as quoted by Dr. John Walton

Jan. 25, 2012 Prayer from Sermon

Lord, grant me the ability to rejoice when trials come; the patience to endure under the difficulty; the grace to avoid bitterness that comes from hardship; the wisdom to see your activity in my life and believe you are there even when you seem invisible; the faith to believe that you are working out everything for my good and that you