Rustlings

Rustlings (April 19, 2021)

Rustlings (April 19, 2021)

The doors were open Sunday morning. People were in the pews. We heard the whispers of: “And also with you,” “Thanks be to God,” and even the Doxology! We were celebrative—but careful. Welcoming each other to our Sanctuary paves the way for welcoming our guests....

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Rustlings (April 12, 2021)

Rustlings (April 12, 2021)

Often, many of you tell me, “If you need anything, just let me know.” I know these words are heartfelt…and you probably know I won’t ask unless it’s a real need. Today, I’m asking three easy favors of you. First, please share a word of gratitude to our Technical...

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Rustlings (April 5, 2021)

Rustlings (April 5, 2021)

YouTube has become the new DIY (Do It Yourself) manual. In my early days of playing bass guitar, I accessed tutorial videos on YouTube to learn songs like “I Want You Back,” “Red House,” “The Weight,” “Girl from Ipanema” and “Silly Love Songs.” I have a friend who...

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Rustlings (March 29, 2021)

Rustlings (March 29, 2021)

Camille Loomis Rehnborg has served as Pastoral Resident at First Baptist Greenville for almost a year. These ten months have been a time of learning and practice for Camille. They have been of mutual benefit to our church and staff, as well. During her administrative...

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Rustlings (March 22, 2021)

Rustlings (March 22, 2021)

Three thousand Easter eggs will be hidden on Fluor Field Easter Sunday morning. (I’m not sure they’ll actually be hidden. How do you ‘hide’ brightly colored eggs on a well-manicured outfield? I’m guessing ‘scattered’ is more accurate.) I’ve been told the eggs will be...

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Rustlings (March 15, 2021)

Rustlings (March 15, 2021)

The Lenten Season is a time of intense prayer. Those who give steady attention to these days before Easter tend to immerse themselves in repetitive prayers of confession. These prayers often state—over and over again—the same sins, shortcomings and failures. Jesuit...

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Rustlings (March 8, 2021)

Rustlings (March 8, 2021)

Spring is just around the corner. We all know what this means. The birds are now attacking my car’s rearview mirrors and leaving abstract art on my car doors. I know this is a part of their innate territorial behavior. It is also a result of human’s introducing...

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Rustlings (March 1,2021)

Rustlings (March 1,2021)

Jeff was my best friend in high school and a groomsman in my wedding. He and I shared a passion for life. We jumped at opportunities that allowed us to expand our horizons and enrich our life experience. Jeff was an Eagle Scout, a Gulf War hero (shot down in a plane...

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MidWeek Fellowship Expectations (February 22, 2021)

MidWeek Fellowship Expectations (February 22, 2021)

Expectation (noun): what we have all learned to temper this year; something liable to change at the last second. From menial to major, we have learned that expectations exist to be challenged by reality. Jesus was all about challenging expectations about what kind of...

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Rustlings (February 16, 2021)

This week the Season of Lent begins. This holy season offers us the opportunity to know God better. Traditionally, we explore the adult life of Jesus - his teachings, actions and passion. These weeks lead us to God’s most profound, self-giving act of love in...

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Rustlings (February 8, 2021)

Rustlings (February 8, 2021)

History has never been my strong suit. I understand its value. I hold a deep appreciation for those who retain and relay it for our benefit. However, the past is not my primary field of focus. I am also not much of a worrier. I have dreams, hopes, and plans on my...

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Rustlings (February 1, 2021)

Rustlings (February 1, 2021)

My grandmother told me more than once (and your grandmother might have told you too), it is impolite to discuss religion, politics and money in public. In her mind, these subjects tended to divide people rather than bring people together. Of course, I would eventually...

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Rustlings (January 25, 2021)

Rustlings (January 25, 2021)

Every once in a while, a sermon gets me in trouble. I have typically preached in ‘free pulpits.’ These pulpits are surrounded by congregants who know two things: 1) the minister is free to preach what they sense the Holy Spirit is leading them to preach, and 2) the...

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Rustlings (January 19, 2021)

Rustlings (January 19, 2021)

One of the great temptations for all ministers (all people of faith, in fact) is the inappropriate redaction of our holy texts. More simply said, we quote scripture out of context. This selective redaction allows us to prop up our arguments, validate our actions, find...

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Rustlings (January 11, 2021)

Rustlings (January 11, 2021)

It is the most common sermonic rookie mistake among new preachers—cramming multiple sermons into one sermon. These lengthy diatribes usually contain three or four ideas which could each be independently shaped into a sermon. In the early days of preaching, however, we...

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