Lynn Rollins

by Jason Byassee It’s been said that Jesus eats his way through the gospels. Open up any page of the gospels and Jesus is usually there eating and drinking. It’s no wonder he uses eating and drinking in communion to make us part of his body.   We have some changes to the way we…

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by Jason Byassee We’re so excited about this weekend! This Saturday night at 6:30 pm (note the time—chosen to be friendly to those who are cautious about driving at night) and Sunday at 11:00 am we will gather for a combined worship and to hear from Leighton Ford, one of the most significant leaders in…

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by Jason Byassee Folks sometimes commiserate with me around Easter or Christmas: “You must be really busy.” I’m tempted to respond, “I’d pay y’all to do this.” Don’t tell the Staff-Parish Relations Committee. . . Worship is the reason we preachers get into this work. So the weeks to come are full of delights.  …

Laura Beach

by Jason Byassee Dear Church, I am often staggered by the gifts on our staff. And I often wonder how to let others in on what I see. So in response to a good suggestion (thanks Dave Rowe!) I’d like to use this space to interview them, starting with our newest pastoral hire, the Rev….

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by Jason Byassee “So are we not having a bulletin anymore?”   This is the kindest version of this anxious question I’ve gotten. The most hostile was from my seven-year old: “Ever since we unveiled this logo you won’t snuggle with me anymore!” I reassured him the logo and the snuggle schedule are unrelated. And…

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by Jason Byassee A friend of mine was a pastor in Montreal. He was in his office one day when a limousine rolled in and an entourage stepped out. It was Rod Stewart. He and his friends asked, “Can we pray here?” Why sure! My friend said, wondering what to have him autograph. He apologized…

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by Jason Byassee Several of you have asked about the trips I have taken with folks from Boone Methodist. I’m delighted to share a little.   I believe deeply in the Christian practice of pilgrimage—that is, traveling together to meet God. A pilgrimage is different than a trip. With a trip you go the fastest…

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by Jason Byassee I’ve never liked the bumper sticker, “God kissed the earth and called it Boone.” Don’t get me wrong—I love Boone. But the slogan undoes one of my favorite traits of North Carolinians: we’re humble. Wataugans included! But maybe there is something to this kissing the earth thing.   The first time I…

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by Jason Byassee As I write I’m getting ready to be a pilgrim to Israel with a half dozen of y’all from October 21-31. The children prayed for us Sunday and off we go to walk where Jesus did. We covet your prayers and look forward to telling you our stories when we return.  …

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by Jason Byassee I’m grateful for several sightings of life abundant in our midst lately.   I spent time with a young woman recently who has felt rejected by other churches. She has been homeless at times after a heart-breakingly difficult upbringing. She is student age now, but not in school, she is working to…

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