Easter Eulogy

Easter Eulogy

I could imagine giving a Good Friday eulogy on the occasion of Jesus’ death. It would seem far stranger to give a eulogy for Jesus during this seven week season of Easter. He has risen indeed, put aside the funeral rites! What if I were to tell you that “eu-logy” is...

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Confirmation

Confirmation

Today is the 34th anniversary of my confirmation. I don’t remember too many of the specifics from that day. I remember getting all dressed up and I remember that we had our pictures taken when it was all over. This was a milestone that at the time seemed way more...

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Perpetual Pregnancy? | Children of God

Perpetual Pregnancy? | Children of God

With the baby boy's expected arrival two weeks away, you can imagine our family is pregnant with anticipation. Just yesterday, the oldest boys moved to the previously unused back row of the van, making way for a carseat in the middle row. Judah thinks he and Ezra sit...

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Jesus As Our Shepherd

Jesus As Our Shepherd

I know only a little about being a shepherd to sheep. My neighbor, at the first congregation I served, had sheep and once in a while, I would have to corral a sheep or two that figured out how to get out of the fence. One year she had two lambs and they were escape...

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How Long, O Lord?

How Long, O Lord?

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me for ever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I bear pain in my soul, and have sorrow in my heart all day long? Psalm 13:1-2a Another eight people have been killed in our nation because of hate. The violence...

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Easter is a Punchline

Easter is a Punchline

“Christ is risen, Bethesda. Christ is risen indeed, Alleluia!” The resurrection of our Lord is a joke at the expense of sin, death, and the devil. A chuckle that rises up to turn aside tears. A sudden burst of laughter that can’t believe its own good fortune. A...

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Meet Maxine Coburn

Meet Maxine Coburn

Maxine has been a member of Bethesda for 21 yrs and is the Director of the Adult choir and English Handbells choir (starting up again soon!) at Bethesda. She was involved with the choir and bells one week after moving into Eugene. Maxine used to worship at the 8:30...

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How God Loves You

How God Loves You

“The cross wasn't God's response to humanity's sin. It was humanity's response to God's love.”—David Henson I saw the above quote last week on Twitter. I like things that make me stop and look at what is being said. There are lots of theories lifted up about why Jesus...

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“Jesus loves me, this I know”

“Jesus loves me, this I know”

Sometimes we take the long way around only to arrive right back where we started. Singing "Jesus loves me, this I know" can be equally powerful to the grandparent as to the grandchild in their lap, but for different reasons. A child could sing, "Jesus loves me, so I'm...

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Questions

Questions

Instead of a usual article this month, I want to share some of the questions I’m thinking about as we approach the next few months. As more of our members receive their second dose of the vaccine, will they be ready to come back to church? How long will it take for a...

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The Privilege No-one Wants

The Privilege No-one Wants

“27 Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, 28 and are...

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