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The Pilgrimage Continues

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 … Continue reading

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Signs of Life

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 … Continue reading

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Exciting Times

by Jason Byassee Do you remember the pattern of a new semester? Everything is fresh—new teachers, new subjects, new books, new routine. If you’re a nerd, like me (and not a few others among us in this academic town) all … Continue reading

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New Initiatives

by Jason Byassee You know how ministers in movies begin every wedding by addressing the congregation as “dearly beloved”? (we don’t do this in Methodist liturgies, but bear with me). That’s actually an ancient church practice of addressing all who … Continue reading

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Ever Ancient

by Jason Byassee The church is one of the only places in culture where people of multiple generations make our lives together. This is the way God wants it. Augustine addresses God in prayer this way: “Beauty ever ancient, ever … Continue reading

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Pentecost

by Jason Byassee One thing Pentecost means is that the Holy Spirit enables all of us to be like Jesus. We are like the disciples on our own: betrayers, deniers, those who flee. Then the Spirit breathes life into us … Continue reading

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Transitions

by Jason Byassee A favorite New Yorker cartoon depicts Adam and Eve leaving the garden. One says to another, “My dear, we are living in a time of transition.” Human beings are always in transition. The only question is whether … Continue reading

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Teacher Appreciation – Part 6

by Jason Byassee, May 28, 2014 May is Teacher Appreciation month. It is a good time to reach back out to teachers who influenced and blessed and loved us well. It is also a good time for our church to … Continue reading

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Teacher Appreciation – Part 5

by Jason Byassee, May 22, 2014 May is Teacher Appreciation month. It is a good time to reach back out to teachers who influenced and blessed and loved us well. It is also a good time for our church to … Continue reading

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Teacher Appreciation – Part 4

by Jason Byassee, May 19, 2014 May is Teacher Appreciation month. It is a good time to reach back out to teachers who influenced and blessed and loved us well. It is also a good time for our church to … Continue reading

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