Tag Archives: PNews

PNews 3/2/22

March 3, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Holy? Really? The word “holy” is widely misunderstood. Holiness is about belonging. When we confess the holiness of the church, we affirm that it belongs to the Lord, and to the Lord alone. Do we honor the church’s holiness in …


PNews 2/24/22

February 24, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

When One Suffers The most important political gift the church can offer the world is for it to be true to its identity as the Body of Christ. In the church, not only are all members equally welcome; all are …


PNews 2/17/22

February 17, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

We Are Catholic “Catholic” was not coined by nor is it a trademark of the Roman Catholic church. It derives from the ancient Greek katholou, which means literally “according to the whole.” When we say we are catholic, we are …


PNews 2/10/2022

February 10, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Telling Our Story Fully The apostolic church continues the commission Jesus gave to his apostles: “You shall be my witnesses.” Witnesses are story-tellers. They tell the story of what they have seen and experienced. The church must hear and tell …


PNews 2/3/2022

February 3, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Bedrock Church Jesus is clear about what will make credible his followers’ claim to be his disciples. They will be publicly recognized as his disciples by how they love each other. In a post-pandemic church that has lost much in …


PNews 1/27/22

January 27, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Dangerous Bubbles Jesus’ final words to his disciples, according to Matthew, begin with “Go…” For followers of Jesus, going out into the world is a strategy not only for making the world better – it also makes us better. Can …


PNews 1/13/22

January 13, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

More than Enough In God’s economy, there is always more than enough for everyone to have their fill. The only miracle of Jesus recorded in all four Gospels is the feeding of the five thousand, suggesting that it is the …


PNews 1/6/22

January 6, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Blinded by Epiphany Light? Epiphany is about God’s light blazing into our world. We can choose either to live by what it reveals, or to be blinded by it in our eagerness to live instead according to what we would …


PNews 12/16/21

December 16, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

The Mercy of Waiting Every year Advent invites us yet again to reflect on waiting. Waiting goes against the grain of human appetites and expectations. Advent focuses on our waiting on Jesus, but might it not also inform how we …


PNews 12/9/21

December 9, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Gathering in Person – Cause for Celebration or Alarm? Giving each other the benefit of the doubt is not only a neighborly thing to do – it marks us as disciples of Jesus, who demands that we do to others …


PNews 12/2/21

December 2, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Getting Out of the Way Advent is not merely passively waiting for the Lord’s coming, but actively doing what we can to “prepare him room,” as Isaac Watts so memorably put it in “Joy to the World.” We prepare room …


PNews 11/18/21

November 18, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Table Manners For Christians, participation in the Lord’s Table is an essential feature of an authentic church, something underscored by our Book of Order (F-1.0303). Whether in worship or at mealtime, we need to break bread together. The Lord’s Table …


PNews 11/11/21

November 11, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Waters of Welcome Jesus’ final words to his disciples in Matthew are water words: Go and baptize! We baptize because Jesus told us to. But there’s more. Can Jesus’ diverse interactions with water disclose many other essential things for an …


PNews 11/4/21

November 4, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

For All the Saints Christians trust that death is no more the final word in our story than it was in Jesus’ story. This is why, in our Book of Common Worship, the funeral is called a service of “Witness …


PNews 10/28/21

October 28, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Created, Seen, Loved Loving your neighbor as yourself is not an easy task for any of us. There is a lot of division in the world today. But we should hold nothing above the love of God and the love …