Jury Duty

By Garrett Vickrey I was summoned. In church life you’re called, but to civic duty you‘re summoned. Jury duty. I had never been ‘summoned’ before. But, I was ready to represent myself as a responsible citizen, ready to participate in the justice system by casting a vote on a jury. Okay, so my expectations may…

Living the Book

By Edgar Twedt In “The Book of Eli” Denzel portrays a wanderer in a dark, post-apocalyptic world.  He is protecting a book which he carries as he walks westward toward the ocean.  It’s a complicated and violent film to which Roger Ebert gives a sort of yes and no review.  There are many interesting (if…

Many Ways

[youtube height=”315″ width=”560″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdAZ79AhcfY[/youtube]   By Nikki Blair Last week for my birthday I received a gift that every 39-year-old dreams of. Or maybe just every person who was 4 in 1978–if it still were 1978. That is: an album of Mr. Rogers songs. Okay, it’s not 33-rpm vinyl like it would have been in ’78; it’s…

Memory

By Glen Schmucker She wanted to know if she could be baptized – again.  It’s not the strangest request I ever faced as a pastor.  In fact, it was heart-wrenching. Strange is what happened to my dear friend, Bud.  The widow asked if he would sing “Jingle Bells” at her husband’s graveside service.  “It was…