Foot Washing –Preaching Tip for 2 April 2017

As we near the end of Lent, you may want to incorporate some physical activities that help people embody the message of Jesus and His salvation road to the cross.  One way is to incorporate foot washing either as part of your sermon or part of your worship. Taking the...

Pastor’s Prayer for 2 April 2017

“O JESUS, POOR AND ABJECT, UNKNOWN AND DESPISED, have mercy upon me, and let me not be ashamed to follow Thee. O JESUS, HATED, CALUMNIATED, AND PERSECUTED, have mercy upon me, and let me not be ashamed to come after Thee. O JESUS, BETRAYED AND SOLD AT A VILE PRICE,...
The Power of Positive Deviance

The Power of Positive Deviance

The Power of Positive Deviance: How Unlikely Innovators Solve the World’s Toughest Problems by Richard Pascale, Jerry Sternin, and Monique Sternin ISBN: 978-1-4221-1066-9   –Review by Douglas Balzer   In 2008 I was introduced to the concept of...

The Rabbi’s Debate

There is an old tale about the time, many, many centuries ago, when the pope decided that a synagogue the Jews were using in Rome really belonged to the Vatican. So he told them to move. Rightly, there was uproar from the members of the synagogue. So the pope...

Cantus Firmus

Everything needs a foundation. Trees only grow tall, their branches and leaves reaching toward the skies, because of the stability of their roots. In the 13th century, composers began using a technique that became known as cantus firmus. A low melody of long notes was...