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Monthly Archives: October 2009

I fainted in church Sunday. Fainting in church has always been a secret fear of mine.  I’d always imagined, when it inevitably happened to me, that it would happen at a very inopportune time—like, in the middle of preaching or while I was standing in a full baptistery. Honestly, I did feel rather woozy during the sermon itself, but it wasn’t until I was already standing at the back door shaking hands… Read More

Recently Calvary staged a talent show, during which we learned (if we didn’t know already) that we have quite a talented congregation.  One of the highlights of the day was a song, written and performed by Eric Bebber.  This musical masterpiece is a fitting tribute to this crazy, wonderful community of faith.  Enjoy. A different kind of Baptist Folks like me and you Some people call us hippy church But we call… Read More

I dare not fully describe the day I’ve had here.  Not only would no one believe the extremes of this day (from a generous, unexpected gift to the church to two of my children in a school bus accident (they are fine)), but I suspect more than a few readers might question my sanity if I tell you everything.  Not that that would be anything new . . . .  Suffice it… Read More

I know this is a dangerous admission for someone in my field, but there really are plenty of good reasons not to read the Bible.   The Bible’s format is imposing, and usually the text is too small.  Many of the words are hard to pronounce.  It’s often boring, repetitive, violent, nationalistic, full of imperfect characters, often offensive.  There are so many different versions of the Bible, how is one supposed to know which is… Read More

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Early in 2009, during the season of Epiphany, we spent several weeks talking in worship and Sunday School about call—that is, the compulsion we feel sometimes to get up from our regular lives and follow God. While I may have thought initially that we were introducing a new concept, turns out most everyone around here could articulate some kind of reference to call—from,… Read More