Category Archives: Messages

News and Views of the Q’s by Lois Kieffaber

Thank you for your willingness to try something new.  You probably felt like we all felt when it was introduced the first night at Sierra-Cascades Annual Meeting.  So you have already experienced some of what happened there, except for one … Continue reading

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Holy Listening: An Exercise in Wonder and a Cure for the Religious Wound by Paul Blankenship

Psalm 42  1 As the deer longs for the water-brooks, so longs my soul for you, O God. 2 My soul is athirst for God, athirst for the living God; when shall I come to appear before the presence of God? … Continue reading

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Pentecost’s Today (or: How to Make the World Quake) by Paul Blankenship

Acts 2:1-13 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided … Continue reading

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The One Most Important Thing is Actually Two by Lauren Taylor

Good morning.  A while back, I was asked to help speak at a week long camp for high- schoolers – and the Scripture that the camp asked me to use was this very text in Matthew 22 (Matt. 22:34-40). And … Continue reading

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Transitions by Anya Lawrence

When life suddenly takes us in a new direction, we think “this is a new beginning; this is the birth.” However, that is a misconception, because actually this new something began some time ago.  It began when the usual began … Continue reading

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There is Always Light by Jon Maroni

Good morning, friends. I thought I would start out with a little bit of context and explanation of my title for this morning. In what may seem like a great irony my title was originally inspired after reading the Game … Continue reading

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Lasting Hope (John 20, 12-23) by Paul Blankenship

The Bridge His lips quiver. “There’s a girl on the bridge,” he says. “She threw a can of beer onto the river. It looks like she’s going to jump.” Love is inscribed on the bridge. “Pat Loves Erica” is written … Continue reading

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Pillars: Peace, Love, Joy, Hope by Walter Simon

This is an introduction of sorts, one with a wondering eye, given I took inspiration from the Peace, Love, Hope and Joy banners that surround us. The prospects, herein, are tools supporting  what I consider emotional survival; I thought it … Continue reading

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Through the Lens of Resurrection by Gary Jewell (Reflections on the resurrection narrative of the gospels)

Reading of Mark 16: 1- 8 My sermon this morning begins with one fact – human beings have been gifted by God (and/or by nature) with this wonderful instrument that rests above our two eyes….. the brain.  Specifically we have … Continue reading

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Humility by Loren Taylor (Phil 2:1-11)

Good morning! My name is Lauren Taylor. I’m a campus pastor up at Whitworth – but we just moved here to take that job this summer. I’m originally from Chicago. So I’m a big fan of the Chicago Cubs, of … Continue reading

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