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From the Table 1-3-16

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Late December is truly one of those “in-between times” here on McCallie Avenue. The rush and trudge of final exams at the University are complete. Students are back home with their families.  The marathon of activity—from Christmas pageant to Love Feast to Cantata—has finished up here at the church.  There’s still plenty to do—I’m sure […]

From the Table 12-27-15

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“When God is a Child.” “When God is a Child,” is a lovely hymn, written for Advent, that we’ll be singing this year at our early Christmas Eve Service. It’s a sweet-sounding song meant to take us through each week. We’ll revisit our journey through Advent, which will end—or perhaps, more acurately, begin—with the crescendo […]

From the Table 12-20-15

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“A Deeper Hope” As Christmas approaches, as we journey through Advent, we are pursuing the hope that comes into the world through the presence of the Christ.  As a people who claim to be the Body of Christ, and as a church that proclaims in its very name that we are Disciples of Christ, we […]

From the Table 12-13-15

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It’s Monday evening, and I’m still thinking about last night’s Moravian Love Feast. It was an incredible experience, and as your Senior Pastor and a first time participant, I felt so honored to be able to participate, even if in a small way. As I told many of you, though I was struck by how […]

From the Table 12-6-15

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My first Advent-themed thought of the season? The best teachers of peace are not those who have known only peace, but who cling to the hope that peace will prevail. As I heard about the most recent mass shooting to affect our country, saw the ubiquitous media images of crime scenes, and wondered as to […]

From The Table 11-29-15

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Gratitude. It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost two months since I arrived in Chattanooga, and a month and a half since Lisa made the journey here.  We’ve been thrilled by the natural beauty of Chattanooga, its cultural offerings, and above all, its people! The warm welcome we’ve received has been beyond what we […]

The Hyde Out

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, what does Miss Maudie mean by “sometimes the Bible in hand of one man is worse than a whiskey bottle in the hand of-oh, your father”? -Miss Maudie (To Kill a Mockingbird) In the church I grew up in it was not uncommon to refer to The Holy Bible as […]

From the Table 11-8-15

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A book of wanderers. This past week, we heard the story of the Wandering Aramean, the one who came through the desert, whose descendants were enslaved and who heard the liberating voice of God. This Sunday, we’ll hear the story of two more characters from the Bible who sought out refuge in a  time of […]

From the Table 11-1-15

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A Saint. With mud on her shoes. Just a week or so ago, I received the news of the death of Dr. Linda Rea, a professor at Hiram College, where I attended school. Dr. Rea was a beloved teacher, an activist-scholar, and a person of both deep faith and deep questions. A communication and media […]

From the Table 10-25-15

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What matters I so loved gathering with so many of you for lunch on Sunday as we celebrated the completion of our “Measuring What Matters” Campaign. Gathering around the table, both in worship and in a celebratory meeting, offers such rich symbolism to how we do ministry together. As I visited with folks over lunch, […]