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Archive: October 2011

Virtual lectionary group

Here are a few random beginning thoughts as I begin to work on a sermon from John 1:43-51.

  • The Twitter cartoon: Jesus under a tree with a young person, “No, not Twitter. Really – follow me. . . “
  • Nathaniel’s “can anything good come . . .” the current skepticism re Christianity: hypocrisy, hateful, judgmental . . . landscape for mission in 21st century
  • Phillip – issuing the invitation (as we have to – going out) but the invitation to see Jesus not the church – change from last century – again 21st century landscape
  • Jesus – an Israelite in whom there is no deceit . . . – need for open conversation on tough matters?
  • What does the conversation between Nathaniel and Jesus  in vv. 48-51 even mean?

What are your thoughts on this passage? Will you join me in a discussion on this passage?

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Posted on October 24, 2011
Filed under: Sharon's Blog
Food for body and soul

The board chair of Bread for the World (Bread) came to see me yesterday. David Minor lives and works in Indianapolis – works full time as an advocate for people against hunger. What a story he has! Several years back he was already heavily involved in Bread, and was invited to take on another major task. A Ph.D. chemist working for Lilly, his wife questioned his taking on one more, big task. There are only so many hours in a day!

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Posted on October 20, 2011
Filed under: Sharon's Blog
Phillips Seminary dedicates Children

Phillips Theological Seminary will be dedicating its Children’s Worship Center on October 25. The new facility will host the Children Worship & Wonder training programs of the Family and Children’s Ministries of Disciples Home Missions, along with other educational events. For more information about the seminary, visit: www.ptstulsa.edu.

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Posted on October 19, 2011
Filed under: Higher Education
Lexington Theological Seminary names director of admissions

The Rev. Erin Cash soon joins Lexington Theological Seminary as director of admissions. Cash currently serves as minister to children at First Christian Church in Paducah, Ky., and has experience as an admissions counselor at Greenville College in Greenville, Ill. Cash joins the seminary October 11. Read more about Cash’s appointment at: www.lextheo.edu/2011/10/lexington-theological-seminary-names-director-of-admissions/  

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Bethany College sponsors symposium on self-care

The Bethany College Social Work Department is co-sponsoring “Self-Care for the Helping Professional,” a symposium scheduled for November 3-4. The event will encourage social workers, nurses, counselors, addiction specialists, domestic violence prevention workers and others to focus on stress management and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. For more on the symposium, see: http://bit.ly/n4VI14

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Culver-Stockton announces new scholarship

Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., recently announced a new scholarship for incoming freshmen. The school is also making changes to its long-standing full-tuition scholarship competition, the Pillars for Excellence Scholarship. To read the school’s press release, visit: www.culver.edu/publicrelations/article.asp?id=3769 

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Celebrate "Thank a Youth Worker Day" on November 3

nPartnership, sponsors of the Disciples Youth Ministry Network, encourages churches and individuals to celebrate Thank a Youth Worker Day on November 3. Join with communities, organizations, and caring people around the globe in honoring those who facilitate the personal, social, educational, and spiritual development of young people. Learn more about Thank a Youth Worker Day […]

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Registration open for 2012 Disciples Development Conference

“Walking with Donors in Changing Times” is the theme of the 2012 Disciples Development Conference, to be held January 20-22 in Fort Myers, Fla. Phil Cubeta of the American College will be the keynote speaker. The conference, hosted by the Christian Church Foundation, is offered for development officers and leaders of Christian Church (Disciples of […]

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Refugee resettlement to U.S. drops, due to security measures

Delays resulting from the introduction in February of new U.S. Homeland Security checks contributed to a significant drop in refugee admissions between October 1, 2010 and September 30, 2011. Through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, 56,424 people were resettled during the 2011 fiscal year, down from 74,654 the previous year. Over the same time period, […]

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