Losing to Win

By Rev. J.C. Austin I was a wrestler in high school. Not many people grow up wanting to wrestle the way many people want to play baseball, or football, or basketball. I had never thought about it myself until a friend talked me into trying out. I did, and discovered that I liked it. Well, […]

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Ash Wednesday Message

By Rev. J.C. Austin “We entreat you, on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”  You, the people of the Corinthian church, you need to take action and be reconciled to God; that’s what Paul seems to be saying.  Maybe he was having a bad day when he wrote this.  Did Paul make a mistake?  […]

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**Spoiler Alert!**

By Rev. J.C. Austin I recently found out that one of my friends has never seen any of the Star Wars movies. Not a single one. Now, in the great scheme of things, that’s not a big deal. But it was interesting that, until that moment, it never occurred to me that would or even […]

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Always on the Move

By Rev. J.C. Austin One of my all-time favorite videos on YouTube is entitled, “The Exact Moment a Musician Realizes He’s Made It.” It is only 28 seconds long, and features Marcus Mumford, the lead singer and songwriter of the band Mumford and Sons, beginning one of their songs not long after their debut album […]

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Some Assembly Required

By Rev. J.C. Austin When I was in ninth grade, my youth minister canceled Halloween. I’ve mentioned before that for some reason my otherwise very mainstream Presbyterian congregation in Atlanta hired what turned out to be an essentially fundamentalist youth pastor for a couple of years when I was in high school. She’s the one […]

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The One That Got Away

By Rev. J.C. Austin “Eat the frog first.” That’s one version of a proverb that has some different versions. That’s the simplest one. An expanded version is, “If the first thing you do each morning is eat a frog, you can go through the rest of the day knowing you’re done with the worst part.” […]

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Where It Begins

By Rev. J.C. Austin The other day I was looking for what’s called a “plug-in” for my Internet browser, which is sort of like an optional extra feature to let you do things more easily when you’re online. I have plug-ins that do things like clip articles I see online into an app where I […]

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Finding Another Way

By Rev. J.C. Austin “A pedestal waiting for a monument.” That’s what Pierre Charles L’Enfant called Jenkins’ Hill, the high point of the area we now know as the District of Columbia. L’Enfant had been commissioned by President Washington to design the “Federal City,” the new national capital of the United States which was later […]

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Coming Into Our Own

By The Rev. Dr. Stephen Simmons Text: Ephesians 1:3-14 Inheritances are tricky things. As we all know, an inheritance can be a blessing, or it can be a curse. We’ve all heard of cases in which a squabble over the terms of a will has caused family members to stop speaking to each other for […]

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Jesus Brings Joy

By Rev. Sue Bennetch A Facebook friend of mine has four children, the youngest is six.  Throughout the year I follow the comings and goings of a family of six. Humor and love are the main ingredients. Their night before Christmas was no different! Her older three have learned that on Christmas morning, they can […]

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