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Downtown to Suburbs

Publication:Pastoral Letter, April 2019 Dear Friend in Christ: When I entered the ministry, the largest churches were downtown, on main streets, or on the city square, central to the culture. Now most large churches are in the suburbs, peripheral to the culture. The migration of churches to the suburbs is symbolic to what has happened [...]

Truth Versus Cultural Labels

Publication: Pastoral Letter, May 2016 Dear Friend in Christ: I grew up with lots of labels; there were racial, religious, political, geographic and all kinds of labels and stereotypes.  It has taken me awhile to grow past trusting labels that have led to a lot of stereotypes.  Early on, I even labeled myself as not [...]

Think “Whosoever”

by Charles Simpson Publication: One-to-One, Winter 2008 JESUS IS CALLING US TO FOCUS OUTSIDE OF OURSELVES-ARE WE LISTENING? I remember our first telephone. The lines finally came to our country road in the very late 1940’s, and it was a major event. Our first phone was on a party-line that included eight families. If it [...]