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Tom's Turn - We Refuse to be a Stumbling Block The Elevator Speech, Take 3

Posted by Tom Plumbley on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 @ 10:26 AM

The Elevator Speech: This is a church where we quite regularly find the Table of the Lord is even bigger than we want it to be; where we find the Good News is that God is more gracious than even I want God to be.

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Christy's Comics - Don't Be Afraid to Look Back

Posted by Christy Drechsel on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 @ 04:46 PM

Wouldn’t it be nice if the authors of the Gospels had paid closer attention and taken better notes? We wouldn’t have different versions of the same story. We know, though, that they didn’t take notes – at least not the way this cartoon is depicting – they each wrote to different people in different contexts, and that they each wrote with a different focus to their message.

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Tom’s Turn—Folks May Be Nicer Than They Appear The Elevator Speech, Take 2

Posted by Tom Plumbley on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 @ 04:53 PM

Elevaor.jpgThe Elevator Speech: This is a church where we quite regularly find the Table of the Lord is even bigger than we want it to be; where we find the Good News is that God is more gracious than even I want God to be.

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Christy's Comics - Just Be

Posted by Christy Drechsel on Wed, Apr 13, 2016 @ 04:00 PM

   God is always around us, even when we are not aware. I know that is not a new statement. I know you have heard it a time or two. It is a statement that needs to be repeated over and over again, though. For one reason, we forget. For another, we need to keep it in the front of our minds so that we see God at work in our lives.

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Estate Planning Workshop

Posted by Ann Graham on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 @ 01:40 PM

 

Shelly Skeen, Attorney with BFS Law Group in Richardson, has graciously volunteered to lead an informal Estate / Financial Planning Workshop at FCC free of charge. Shelly will explain why it is important to have documents in place ahead of time, and will share some tips on what you need to be doing now to protect yourself and your family for peace of mind. Everyone can benefit from this workshop!

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Tom's Turn - You Need an Elevator Speech

Posted by Tom Plumbley on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 @ 01:00 PM

stuck_in_elevator.jpgOne of our faithful and very experienced elders approached me after worship Sunday. She wanted to report a conversation she had just had with a visitor. The guest had been impressed with how “UN-welcoming” the outside of our building appears, but also with how “VERY welcoming” we were once she came inside. That part of the conversation tells us some things we need to hear, both as affirmation and as challenge. But that’s not the part of the elder’s story that intrigued me most. For then she went on to say that the visitor had asked her one of those questions that’s very difficult to answer quickly. It was one of those, “What does this church believe about X?” questions, the kind that make us nervous because people in “this church” have a wide variety of beliefs about “X.” But it was also one of those questions that, when answered, allows the questioner to pigeon-hole the church as either being “on their side” or being on the “wrong” side.

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Christy's Comics - Our Best Selves

Posted by Christy Drechsel on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 @ 10:33 AM

Ten years ago Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Eat, Pray, Love was released; shortly after it was made into a movie starring Julia Roberts. Gilbert appeared to have it all in life, but was unhappy. She felt full of panic and confusion. She decided to make some radical changes in her life and set off on a trip across the world to discover her true self. The book is the story of this adventure and it inspired millions of people to do a little searching for their best selves as well.

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Tom's Turn - We Need a Hero

Posted by Tom Plumbley on Mon, Mar 21, 2016 @ 04:31 PM

How ironic! A week from this Friday, March 25, the new Batman-Superman movie comes out. On the church calendar, of course, that’s Good Friday. Two of the biggest superheroes in popular fiction are juxtaposed for us against history’s all-time, forever-and-ever hero, a wandering first-century rabbi-prophet named Jesus of Nazareth. These heroes from the world of religion and the world of comic books are being brought to our public consciousness just as we are also watching political candidates vie for our attention and our votes amid an increasingly rancorous tidal wave of citizens who not only feel ignored and left out but who seem also to be saying they’re not going to put up with it any longer. And they’re even willing to use violence to make their point.

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Christy's Comics - Prayers

Posted by Christy Drechsel on Tue, Mar 15, 2016 @ 05:03 PM

            I can remember as a little child saying my bedtime prayer. It started off with the memorized, “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep,” but eventually it turned into atraditional prayer. We say our prayers every night with Avery. Well… I mostly say the prayer at this point.

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Tom's Turn - We Burn

Posted by Tom Plumbley on Thu, Mar 10, 2016 @ 01:05 PM

     Emil Brunner, mid-20th-century German theologian, famously wrote, “The church exists by mission as a fire exists by burning.” Concise and quotable as that statement is, it is open to a broad range of interpretations. For instance, a fire eventually exhausts itself. Is that what the church is meant to do? In truth, missional churches, like fires, are often found on the lists of “dying” churches published by some so-called leaders who live and die on the metrics of budgets and attendance statistics. So is a church which patterns itself on the self-giving model of Jesus somehow institutionally irresponsible? Not at all. On sabbatical last summer I visited a dozen or so churches, all struggling with numbers, all with center-city challenges like ours, yet all joyously successful at being the Body of Christ. Such a church is no more irresponsible than was Paul who wrote, “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, …did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself….” [Phil. 2.5f] That self-emptying characteristic is, indeed, a feature of faithfulness. So what of buildings and structures?

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