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At the age of 19 in 1902, MacLane published her first book, The Story of Mary MacLane. It sold 100,000 copies in the first month and was popular among young girls, but was strongly criticized by conservative readers, and lightly ridiculed by H.L. Mencken. She had always chafed at living in Butte, which was a small mining town, and used the money from sales of this book to move to Greenwich Village where she continued to write books and newspaper articles. Some critics have suggested that eve ...
 
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Churches, like many people and organizations, can get stuck in the rut of asking "What?" without focusing on "Why?" According to Simon Sinek, author of "Start with Why", those who inspire us start with "Why?"Churches who start with "What?" do what they have always done (convention) or adopt what others are doing (imitation) without developing a mis…
 
Bless Them or Curse Them?, The Choice is Yours - This week's sermon contrasts the prophet Elijah who calls she-bears from the woods to devour youth who insulted him to Jesus who, when presented with children, blesses them one by one. In our era of judging one group after another, when we face others, especially those different from ourselves, will …
 
As we get set for the first presidential debate and the election that will follow, this parable in Luke 15 gives me hope. We call it, "The Parable of the Prodigal Son." We label the son who went away and squandered the family money as reckless, irresponsible, and of course, just plain bad. While the other son, the older who stayed home and worked t…
 
David looks at the miracle story of the feeding of the 5,000 (one of the few miracles in all four gospels). Focusing in the version in John 6, the story with the donor of the meal for the 5,000 in a little boy, David challenges us to be like the boy, to give what we have to see what God might do with us to help others.…
 
Matthew 20, a landowner hires workers at 7:00 in the morning, 9:00, noon, and as late in the day as 5:00. Then he pays them all a full days wage. "That's not fair!" shouted those who worked all day while those who waited all day in the center of town were glad to be able to feed their families.God's ways are clearly not our ways, according to the t…
 
Orthodoxy and Orthopraxis are big words but simple concepts. Orthodoxy is the idea that right thinking leads to right actions. Orthopraxis is that right action leads to right thinking. Shakespeare said, "Assume a virtue if you have it not." William James who said, “If you want to be patient, act like you are, and in time, you will be.” E.F. Schumac…
 
Why do some churches baptize babies and other's don't? Why do Jesus' words to Nicodemus, "You must be born again!" get immortalized as a path to faith while Jesus' words to the rich young ruler, "Sell everything you own, give the money to the poor, and follow me!" get lost as the forgotten commandment? Just how do you say, "N...A...T...C...H...E...…
 
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