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Articles for May 2014 

May 30, 2014

Authentic Lives

Jennifer Castle

While leading the prayers of the people in worship last Sunday, I began with these words:

"Loving God, we come to you today as we are.  Not as we wish we were, or as some cleaned up public version of ourselves, but in our authentic, complicated humanness."  

Expanding on this theme, I want to share the story of Michigan high school students Madeline…  MORE >>

Topics: Devotionals

May 16, 2014

You Are Not Forgotten

Jennifer Castle

I watched this video from the Work of the People website a few days ago, and I can't get it out of my mind.  In it, Sarah Bessey talks about a significant crisis point in her life and describes the struggle to hold it all together, to not reveal her vulnerability and grief to anyone.  She feels like God has forgotten about her, despite her strong faith. Here is the…  MORE >>

Topics: Devotionals, Video

May 9, 2014

Salvation Revisited

Jennifer Castle

Plymouth Church is offering a class in Christian Basics on Wednesday nights, and I led the class on Salvation this week.  Salvation is not a word that most progressive Christians are comfortable with or use very much, and the folks in my class were no exception.  I was worried that this would be a very long 90 minutes!  We opened with a short video on salvation from the…  MORE >>

Topics: Devotionals, Video
Articles for May 2014