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Lemuel Haynes was a patriot in the American Revolutionary War but also the first African American man to be ordained as a minister. May We Meet in the Heavenly World: The Piety of Lemuel Haynes includes both a biographical essay and selections from Lemuel Haynes’ writings, revealing an Edwardsian sense of spirituality that constantly lived in view of eternity.
Well acquainted with difficulties, suffering, and death, Haynes’ ministry was infused with unfailing hope, as we see in the following excerpt. [Read more…]
By Ryan J. Pemberton
“Is this something we do?” I remember asking when I first heard the word “Lent.”
Even though my father is Catholic, I grew up in a Protestant house where Lent, Ash Wednesday, and fasting were as exotic as Rome, the pope, and crucifixes. It wasn’t until my sophomore year of college that I saw Christians with crosses of ash smeared on their foreheads and heard of friends giving up coffee or chocolate for a season. [Read more…]
Did you know today is Random Acts of Kindness Day? Sure, it’s one of those made-up holidays, but unlike National Doughnut Day (June 5) or International Dog Day (August 26), this one can get us thinking.
As Christians, shouldn’t every day be Random Acts of Kindness Day? What would happen if we poured more focus into putting love into action? [Read more…]
Today is Valentine’s Day, a day on the greeting card calendar for celebrating romantic (or what the Greeks called eros) love. We’d like to twist this day a bit (though there’s nothing wrong with hearts, flowers, and chocolate) and turn our eyes heavenward to the One who offers a different, perfect kind of love. [Read more…]
By Casey Corum
Songs are [some of] the building blocks of our gathered worship times. And every week we have the privilege of selecting a group of songs that our congregations will sing back to God. This is serious business. If we do our job well, our song choices can provide a “sonic sanctuary” where people meet with the living God. [Read more…]