Pastoral Reflections

To Be Evangelical

Pastoral Reflections If you looked up ‘evangelical’ in a dictionary, the adjectival form suggests an accordance to the teachings of the Gospel. The noun derives accordingly; a person, church or organization who adheres to Gospel-centered teachings and traditions in the Christian faith. However, how words come to be used in the street is equally influential

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Remembering Burma’s Independence

Pastoral Reflections On January 4, Burma celebrated the 72nd anniversary of their independence from British rule. Like every other place in the world’s history of brokenness under human rule, the story of Burma is not without intrigues. After three wars between the British and Burmese, known as the Anglo-Burmese wars, the British eventually took control

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Portal of the Opening Year

Pastoral Reflections As we come to the threshold of a new year, it is time that often prompts our minds to sort through a myriad of thoughts, memories, hopes and wishes, perhaps regrets and fears as well. For some, the experiences of the old year have a way of setting the tone for our disposition

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In the Small Places

Pastoral Reflections Christmas is big. It’s even big outside of the Christian tradition. Arrays of decorations, special colors and lights. Its own music genre. Dedicated commercials and sales. Galas. Splash events.   But, as you already know, that was not how it started. I like joyous (even sometimes, big) Christmas celebrations. Yet, something about Christmas

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Joy

Pastoral Reflections Joy.  We sing about it in carols, hear of its presence in the manger, and even set aside a Sunday of Advent for it.  This blissful feeling seems to surround the holiday season.  But sometimes joy seems to be overshadowed by sorrows, drowned out by busyness, or drained by difficult circumstances.  Truthfully, it

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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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