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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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Christy's Comics - The Future of the Church

Posted by Christy Drechsel on Mon, Jun 13, 2016 @ 04:08 PM

          This cartoon cuts right to the point. The woman’s son will never learn to talk, much less “choose his own language” with earphones on so that he can’t hear his mother speak. Just like the man’s son will likely never “choose his own religion,” if his dad doesn’t show him. At least that is what the statistics are telling us. About 33% of children whose parents were regular church goers will continue to attend church. Compare that to only 2% of children whose parents never went to church will choose to attend as adults. I realize there are ebbs and flows to an individual’s church life. Young adults spend a good number of years searching and discerning their spiritual home. New parents tend to have a renewed sense of calling back to church life. And as we age and things become more difficult, our church life changes again.

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Tom's Turn - Wisdom

Posted by Tom Plumbley on Thu, Jun 09, 2016 @ 02:57 PM

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Christy's Comics - Children in Church

Posted by Christy Drechsel on Wed, Jun 08, 2016 @ 04:18 PM

I am sure this cartoon is portraying all of the things children bring with them to the steps and then leave behind, but I almost feel like all of the items “left behind” could just as easily be sermon illustrations. I try and use a prop as often as I can because it helps the children focus on something. On the Sundays when I have a prop, I take it forward before the service starts and put it under my chair. There are times the prop seems a little silly and I always wonder what people are thinking as I take things forward.

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Tom's Turn - Just a Glimpse

Posted by Tom Plumbley on Wed, Jun 01, 2016 @ 11:50 AM

Glimpses of Reign is a program we have here at the church, one by which outside groups or individuals who are doing good things for people, offering the possibility for us to catch, from time to time, a glimpse of the Reign of God, share our building space. Actually, I think it’s part of my job, and part of the job of the church universal, to point out for the world times and places of epiphany, occurrences that make you say, “It seemed like a God thing,” or “I may be mistaken, but I think I just heard angel wings.” Well, then, I need to tell you about last Saturday morning.

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Christy's Comics - The Relevant Bible

Posted by Christy Drechsel on Mon, May 16, 2016 @ 12:58 PM

I’ve recently found a renewed love for the Bible. You may be asking yourself how a minister fell out of love with the Bible. I didn’t completely fall out of love with the Bible, but to be honest with you and myself – there are times when I am not sure an almost 2000-year-old collection of even older writings has anything to tell me in today’s world. Maybe it is just me, but I bet some of you have the same feelings from time to time.

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