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Tom's Turn - A Soft Sighing

Posted by Tom Plumbley on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 @ 04:18 PM

I love the work and resources of the Sojourners Community. Begun way back in the late ‘60s or early ‘70s when I was a kid, Sojourners was pulled together by a fellow named Jim Wallis. A bunch of long-haired girls and bearded guys moved in together in Washington, DC, in a ghetto. It was not all that different from some of the Hippie communes of that era except that it was specifically and intentionally Christian. To me, at first blush, they seemed like just another bunch of what we called in those days “Jesus Freaks.” When I was in high school and when I got to TCU, I found enough of those to do me for a lifetime.

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Christy's Comics - Still More Work to Be Done

Posted by Christy Drechsel on Mon, Aug 08, 2016 @ 04:24 PM

Have you ever seen the MLK Monument in Washington D.C.? The centerpiece for the memorial is based on a line from King's "I Have a Dream" speech: "Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope." A 30 feet high relief of King named the Stone of Hope stands past two other pieces of granite that symbolize the "mountain of despair." Visitors figuratively "pass through" the Mountain of Despair on the way to the Stone of Hope, symbolically "moving through the struggle as Dr. King did during his life.” I’ve sat at Dr. King’s kitchen table. I’ve seen the damage that remains from the bombs placed on his front porch. And, yet, I still cannot completely understand the struggle he experienced in his life, but I have been able to see the fruits of his labor.

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Tom's Turn - When It's the Monsoon Season of the Soul

Posted by Tom Plumbley on Thu, Aug 04, 2016 @ 04:21 PM

In Psalm 5 the author writes, “For [God’s] anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”

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Tom's Turn - Torn Apart

Posted by Tom Plumbley on Mon, Aug 01, 2016 @ 03:07 PM

Are we torn apart? Or, maybe to ask it differently, are we tearing apart? To very many of us we are—as communities, as a culture, as a nation, as a species. People begin to use eschatological language. We cannot hardly keep the stories straight any more—one comes so quickly on the heels of another. Terrorism, possible terrorism, over-reaction here, revenge there, good old-fashioned sociopathy someplace else—we see them all. Which perpetrator was connected to the cutthroats overseas? Which one is simply mentally ill? How do we know? And was yesterday’s awfulness connected to last week’s, or was it just a lone wolf? How many funerals? How many make-shift memorials at schools, police stations, or in neighborhoods? How many times does the President have to act as Chaplain-in-Chief?

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Did JC Say BRB?

Posted by Christy Drechsel on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 @ 02:39 PM

First, a little education for all of us. There is a completely different language when it comes to texting and some social media. Here is a little taste of what this language looks like: btw = by the way, ttyl = talk to you later, lol = laugh out loud, idk = I don’t know, omw = on my way, and brb = be right back. This list barely even scratches the surface of the abbreviations used. I still get texts from youth that require me to look up the abbreviation that they have used.

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Christy's Comics - It's All in How You Look at It

Posted by Christy Drechsel on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 @ 03:24 PM

I am pretty sure we could spend the next couple of weeks talking about the different points this cartoon brings up. I think the lesson that speaks to me the most this week is that our perspectives are based only on what we choose to see. It is obvious these bugs only see a beautiful sunrise from where they sit, but we can see the bigger picture. We see the tennis ball. I am sure as soon as these bugs get up and fly away, they will see the bigger picture, but I would bet they are completely happy seeing the sunrise.

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Tom's Turn - Candles and Wind

Posted by Tom Plumbley on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 @ 04:14 PM

Perhaps the most beautiful and moving single moment in our church year is the end of the Christmas Eve service. We turn off all the lights, and I take the light of the Christ candle at the center of the Advent wreath into the congregation. We pass that light to small candles each worshipper is holding, symbolizing the movement of the light of Christ into all the world. Then, by the light of those candles in our two hundred or so hands, we sing “Silent Night.” We then close the service by carrying our candles out into the world.

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Christy's Comics - That's Awkward

Posted by Christy Drechsel on Thu, Jul 07, 2016 @ 11:44 AM

I try and not repeat myself every Sunday as I stand to welcome everyone to our church and worship service, but there are only a couple of different ways one can say “good morning” and “welcome to First Christian Church.” I usually say something like this, “Good morning and welcome. I hope that I am not the first to tell you ‘good morning.’ I hope that someone has given you a handshake or a hug, depending on how comfortable you are with that person.” Almost every time I say that sentence, I picture a scenario much like this cartoon. One person goes for the handshake, while the other person goes for the hug.

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Tom's Turn - Doing Justice, Loving Kindness

Posted by Tom Plumbley on Tue, Jul 05, 2016 @ 11:22 AM

Friday is the first of July, which makes Monday the 4th. Part of the beauty of Independence Day, to me, is the celebration of living in the country that is more likely than most to give justice a chance. We are anything but perfect. That’s one thing on which both the entrenched right and the entrenched left can agree. Slavery, religious intolerance, economic stratification, racism and violence have each and all ebbed and flowed during our two hundred forty years, and each is still present in myriad forms. Nevertheless, I think the case can fairly be made that justice has at least as much chance here as it does anywhere, and a greater chance than many, many places.

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Christy's Comics - You Don't Get to Spew Hate

Posted by Christy Drechsel on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 @ 03:24 PM

Full disclosure from the beginning of this article… I have something on my heart that needs to be said. I do not intend to upset anyone. In fact, I would like us all to be able to speak from our hearts, just not at the sake of someone else’s feelings.

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