Tag Archives: Laurie McNeill

Once We Were Methodists

Once we were Methodists, not by affiliation but in practice.  There was a time when the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) did not allow people who are openly GLBTQ to be ordained as officers, and the marriages of all were not recognized.  … Continue reading

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Hearing and Understanding

After Kim Clijsters lost the French Open tennis tournament in 2001, she won the hearts of the crowd.  She spoke in French at the awards ceremony, and the people were delighted to hear the Belgian citizen speak their language.  Clijsters … Continue reading

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Rebuke and Restoration

“Get behind me, Satan!” (Mark 8:33) Jesus’ words to Peter are both a rebuke and a call.  The rebuke compares Peter to Satan.  The call is when Jesus says, “Get behind me.”  This is Jesus’ way of saying, “Follow me.” Paul … Continue reading

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Wedding of the Waters

Clinton got the credit, although the idea was first proposed in 1724 by Cadwallader Colden.  Governor Dewitt Clinton was determined to build the Erie Canal. The governor appropriated a whopping $7 million to connect the Hudson River with Lake Erie.  … Continue reading

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Paradise Found

“Today, you will be with me in Paradise.”  (Luke 23:43) Expulsion and restoration: these are the bookends of Scripture. Like Adam and Eve, we are cast out of the Garden.  Rather than rejoicing at what we have, we are tempted … Continue reading

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THE YEAR OF REVERENCE

2017 is the Year of the Rooster. The Chinese have zodiac signs that follow a 12-year cycle featuring a specific animal each year.  The rooster prompts an image of crowing and the cry to wake up and get to work! … Continue reading

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Betty’s Story

“My parents are from Ramallah.”  Betty spoke these words softly as we stood in the narthex after worship.  No one else was able to hear the revelation that Betty was 100% Palestinian.  She was not ready to be open with … Continue reading

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