Pastoral Reflections

Seasons and Cycles

Pastoral Reflections I recall my first winter in the US. I should say, late Autumn. We lived in a town home and Becky was insulating the windows against draft.   I asked, “Why all that trouble, isn’t shutting the windows enough?” [Remember that I grew up in Nigeria, i.e., without winters.] She tried to explain

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Advent

Pastoral Reflections One of my favorite images of Advent is that of pregnancy. No single image can cover the extents of the radical message of Advent, but I think pregnancy gives it a pretty good try. Advent is its own full season, but one that looks toward another. It is anticipatory. Expectation in action! One

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Thankful for You

Pastoral Reflections Thanksgiving Day, Nov 2019 God blesses us with uncountable gifts for which we are thankful. This Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for each one of the TLC family.   I am thankful for the warmth of this family And for the big hearts of these saints. I am thankful for burdens shared together

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So I Send You

Pastoral Reflections We have a saying in my land of origin, “When a child is given something greater than them, they ask who the message is for.” This week, I have reflected on the words of Christ to His disciples, “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” (John 20:21b). There is,

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Overcoming Fear

Pastoral Reflections I had always wanted to go to Israel, but the truth is I was afraid. That is until our son planned a trip and insisted that we go. I do not feel that any other location I have visited will have as great an impact on my life as this one. However, this

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Politics of the Kingdom (III)

Pastoral Reflections I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior. (1 Tim. 2:1-3)   These words were penned by

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Politics of the Kingdom (II)

Pastoral Reflections One of the controversial moments in Apostle Paul’s ministry came at the beginning of Acts 16 when he took young Timothy and circumcised him. (Acts 16:1-3)   Anyone who has spent any time reading Paul will pause with surprise at that move. No one knew more passion than Paul when it came to

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Politics of the Kingdom

Pastoral Reflections As we have watched a deepening rift threaten the social fabric of the nation, propelled by political dichotomy – not just among politicians but the people, some are asking, “Can we come together again?”   Even more worrisome for me recently, is the stealth with which this rift creeps into Christian communities and

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Raw Faith

Pastoral Reflections Raw Faith. Being already close to the area, a friend and I drove to the village that suffered the first in a series of terrorist bomb attacks at churches in recent Nigeria. It happened on Christmas Day, 2011. So much water has since passed under the bridge. (This is far from my part

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A People Called: The Story of Church from Ephesians (week 9)

Pastoral Reflections Bringing It Home. We have been hiking the trails of Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians. This coming Sunday, we conclude the hike. Well, for this time. I am sure we will come back another time. Ephesians has spoken to me personally and pastorally. As we conclude on Sunday, we will reflect on how

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