Posts from April 2018

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Music Monday: Charlie Byrd Plays ‘Corcovado’

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By MRP I so enjoy Brazilian music, especially music from the one they call the Gershwin of Bossa Nova, Antonio Carlos “Tom” Jobim. Here, virtuoso guitarist plays Corcovado. Enjoy! By the way, Corcovado is the name of the mountain in Rio de Janiero that has Christ on the peak with outstretched arms. …read more Source:: […]

Faithful, Healthy Churches Do This

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By MRP The New Testament describes three pictures of the church: The body of Christ, with each believer as a member of that body (1 Corinthians 12). The building/temple of Christ, with each member serving as a ‘brick’ that’s lined up with Jesus as the cornerstone.  Each member serves as His priesthood (1 Peter 2:4-10; […]

What’s Up Wednesday: Six Ways Doubt Creeps In

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By MRP Over Holy Week, I read through a wonderful book by D.A. Carson (has he written a bad book?) called Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus. In a chapter dealing with who many have named ‘doubting Thomas,’ he outlines six ways doubt in the Christian faith creeps in. Not all doubt is created […]

Music Monday: Oscar Peterson and Andre Previn and Jazz Piano

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By MRP This is the tale end of a BBC 4 special (I would guess sometime in the late 1970s or early 1980s) between premiere jazz pianist Oscar Peterson (1925-2007) and pianist/conductor Andre Previn. Music is about technique, yes, but it’s also about joy and you see this joyful collaboration take place here. Should you […]

Together Thursday: That’s Right–We’re All in This Together

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By MRP At our most recent church council meeting, I posted three statements that I was hoping our leaders would absorb. They are: We’re all in this together. Whatever it takes. Till Christ be formed in us (from Galatians 4:19). It’s this first phrase that caught my attention. Unwittingly, as I was preaching from Acts […]

What’s Up Wednesday: What P.I.P.E. are You Smoking?

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By MRP Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German preacher and theologian who helped the Christians endure the opposition and persecution of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany wrote one of the most influential books of the 20th century, The Cost of Discipleship. If that book, he wrote a paragraph about ‘cheap grace,’ that is, a grace that is […]

Theology Tuesday: What Does It Mean to ‘Save?’

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By MRP What do we mean today by the verb to save? Ask someone at random on the streets of Seattle what the verb “to save” means, and what will be the response? Someone who is worried about his financial portfolio may reply, “‘Save’ is what you’d better do if you want money set aside […]