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  • Presbyterian Energy Tithe Challenge!

    Published May 21, 2015

    In April, dedicated Presbyterians from KS and AL came together to present a webinar on a new "Presbyterian Energy Tithe Challenge."



    What would your church do with the saved $ from reducing your utility bills by 10%? Most congregations can easily get to a 10% reduction in energy use, which is great for God's creation AND great for your church budget.



    If you missed the webinar, you can find the April 2015 webinar at the PHP Webinar page, and all the links: to the webinar itself, as well as to each of the congregations' powerpoints and to the overarching Presbyterian ...

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    From Eco-Journey

  • Preaching toward "Next to Normal" Lives

    Published May 21, 2015

    Last weekend I went to Bay City, MI, to preach at the Westminster Presbyterian Church where my good friend Matt Schramm (former chair of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board) serves as pastor.  The evening before I had the chance to see him perform in the musical “Next to Normal.”  This musical, remarkably, deals with mental illness in a way that is both fantastical and realistic—and offers some clear implications for ministry. 

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  • Do One Thing for cultural diversity

    Published May 21, 2015

    The United Nations has designated today as the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

    God created human beings, a diverse family, to live together and to love one another as God loves us. This day, and every day, provides an opportunity to celebrate our God-given diversity.

    Here are 10 simple ideas from the United Nations:


    1. Visit an art exhibit or a museum dedicated to other cultures.
    2. Invite a family or people in the neighborhood from another culture or religion to share a meal with you and exchange views on life.
    3. Rent a movie or read a book ...
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    From Swords into plowshares

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