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Meet us at Westmont on Saturday

Are you at Westmont?  tapestry will be there, too, for the church fair this Saturday, August 25th.  Look for Mycah and Uriah–they’ve got more information on the service (free transportation! free food!), plus free stuff for you to take home!

 

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Posted by on August 22, 2012 in college

 

Making contact

I listen to a lot of public radio.  One of my favorite programs is Snap Judgment, a weekly collection of stories on topics ranging from the circus to forgiveness.  I recently heard what may be the most touching segment yet, prison chaplain Chris Hoke on what happened after the jail he worked in issued a no-contact order.  You can listen to Chris’s story here.

(I’ll warn you, this one’s a real tearjerker.  I first listened to it while I was out running, and started bawling on Micheltorena Street.  I played it later for my husband in the car, and for a minute he could barely see the road through his emotion.)

Chris begins by talking about what life as a prison chaplain was like before the no-contact order.  Tough guys, gang members and drug dealers, would come to his Bible study just for the hugs and the hand-holding–this was “the one place where [they] could receive such a healthy touch.”  In his one-on-one visits, Chris, recalls, the men never wanted to let go of his hand–even to wipe their noses.  These prisoners were big, scary, guys, but Chris wasn’t scared.  Instead, he says, “I didn’t deserve this,” didn’t deserve the way the men opened their hearts to him.  For maybe the first time, Chris understood what the word sacrament meant. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2012 in Christian love, musings

 

Jeff’s sermon, 8/19/12

Click here to listen to Jeff’s sermon from Sunday

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2012 in sermons

 

Jeff’s sermon, 8/12/12

Jeff’s 8/12/12 sermon is here

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2012 in sermons

 

Jeff’s sermon, 8/5/12

You can listen to Jeff’s sermon from Sunday, 8/5/12, here

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2012 in sermons

 

Jeff’s sermon, 7/29

Click here to listen to Jeff’s sermon from Sunday, 7/29

 

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2012 in sermons

 

What I learned from reality TV

Brown husband and wives

The Browns, of TLC’s Sister Wives

It’s embarrassing, yes, but I’ll admit it:  I really like reality TV.  Almost two years ago, my husband and I started watching Sister Wives on TLC.  The show follows the Brown family:  Kody, the patriarch, his four wives, and their seventeen children.  When the first episode aired, the family was still living in Utah, where they had a church and where the kids went to a private school run by their co-religionists.  They have since moved to Las Vegas, after a bigamy investigation threatened their ability to remain together as a family. Read the rest of this entry »