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Comings and Goings is a blog written by Theology, Formation, and Evangelism Director Charles B. "Chip" Hardwick as he travels throughout the church. God is on the move out and about in the world, working to redeem all things in Jesus Christ. As we join this mission, by the power of the Spirit we see God on the move. This blog contains glimpses of how Chip finds this to be true in his comings and goings. 

You can follow Chip on twitter (@chiphardwick) or find him on Facebook (Chip Hardwick).

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June 9, 2016

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May 27, 2016

What to Do, What to Do, What to Do

What to do, what to do, what to do.  Sometimes decisions face us when we long to hear God’s voice and align our actions with God’s will for us.  Lots of times we have no idea which way to go.  Discernment is a word Christians use to describe the quest to figure out what we ought to do when two options seem to both be faithful options to following Jesus. 

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January 6, 2016

An A-to-Z Psalm for Guidance on Epiphany

Today many Presbyterian Mission Agency employees took part in a Sabbatical morning, where we paused to connect with Christ as we begin 2016.  The morning’s activities included an inspiring worship service and then the chance to participate in a number of activities and spiritual disciplines.  One of the activities encouraged us to write our own Psalm.  I wrote the following psalm for guidance, in a style sometimes used in the book of Psalms.  Each line of the psalm begins with the sequential letters of the alphabet. 

 

May God use it to grant you guidance.

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December 4, 2015

The NY Daily News Is Wrong

“God’s Not Fixing This,” the headline blared.

 

The article responded to the mass shooting earlier this week in San Bernardino, and called out politicians who were asking for and offering prayers for the victims for not doing more to end the violence. 

 

But, the NY Daily News is wrong about God not fixing this.  Dead wrong.  I-stake-my-faith-on-it wrong.  It’s-Advent-After-All wrong.

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November 25, 2015

"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!"

I often call Psalm 136 “God’s Greatest Hits.”  The psalmist begins at creation and recites all the ways that God has blessed Israel, moving through the Exodus, the wilderness wanderings, and the move into the Promised Land.  The heartbeat of the psalm is the response, coming after each and every line, “for his steadfast love endures forever.”  The first three verses establish the pattern that goes on to the end:

 

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

      For his steadfast love endures forever.

O give thanks to the God of gods,

      For his steadfast love endures forever.

O give thanks to the Lord of lords,

      For his steadfast love endures forever. (Psalm 136:1-3, NRSV)

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