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Pastor’s Ponderings

Pastors Pondering

According to Google, searches for prayer were at an all-time high during the height of the pandemic. People were looking for ways way to cope amidst the fear and uncertainty. Now that COVID continues to recede we still may wish to find ways to cultivate a deep...

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Pastors Pondering

For six years, Christy Mossburg has served as the Director of Christian Education here at Calvary United Methodist Church. This was her second time serving in this position. She guided our children’s ministry and lead small group studies for adults. She organized and...

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Pastors Pondering

Last week, I mused about the value of spending time out in nature. On Sunday, I preached about the way in which all of us are called to care for God’s creation. I wanted to share with you a little bit more about that theme this week.   I fear that future...

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Pastors Pondering

Recently, I snuck away to be with a friend for a weekend camping trip. My friend could not take off days during the week right now, so I took off a Saturday and Sunday and we headed west to spend a short time in the George Washington Forest along the border of...

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Pastors Pondering

In this space, I try to offer some reflections on what it means to live as a faithful follower of Jesus Christ today, drawing upon our Methodist heritage, my understanding of the Bible, and my experience as an individual and as a pastor of several different...

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Pastors Pondering

The Baltimore Washington Conference has provided a tool for our congregation to learn about demographic and social patterns in the surrounding area. With a few clicks on the computer, I can pull up several detailed reports that indicate who lives within a 3 ½ mile...

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Pastors Pondering

What does it mean to mourn? In a recent article in The Christian Century, Yehiel E. Poupko shares the insight of Maimonides, a Jewish philosopher from the Middle Ages, on what it means to mark the death of another person.  Maimonides argued that every person is...

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Pastors Pondering

As I have been preparing messages on the Lord’s Prayer over the last few weeks, I have looked at a variety of ways in which the words in the Gospel are translated into English and how the church has used these words to shape its worship life. How we think about...

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Pastors Pondering

Many of us are familiar with Adam Hamilton, the popular author and Senior Pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Kansas. The church is one of the largest congregations in the United Methodist Church. Member of that church are encouraged to be...

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Pastors Pondering

On Sunday mornings, I’ve been exploring The Lord’s Prayer through a series of sermons.  Here are a few helpful ways to use this familiar prayer. Think of it as a way to get a cold engine started. Recite the Lord's Prayer to "warm your spirit" so that you can more...

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