Mountain Top 270

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270 years of mountain tops! Blows me away every time I think about it. That’s what we celebrate this year. 1747: The Presbyterian Church of South Hanover is organized in Bottle Hill (later to be known as Presbyterian Church of Bottle Hill—Presbyterian Church of Madison.) We are...

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Authentically Paul…

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     This morning I’m sitting with Bill Watson and we’re going over the music and layout of the upcoming Life Celebration for Lenore Libbey. I’m going to meet with Lenore’s son Mark and granddaughter Anna early next week to finalize our plans. Lenore is...

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Half-Time

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     Today is about half-time in Lent.       These are the 40 days (not including Sundays) leading up to the Resurrection of the Lord on Easter Sunday. We are supposed to be spending our time in reflection, giving our stuff and money away, caring for others...

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Snow Day!

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       Don’t you love it?       Who doesn’t love a snow day?        Even if you’ve got to do a few work things from home, I love just being home and cocooning for a day. A more relaxed pace. Whatever.    ...

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Raising Hell

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So here we are, a week into Lent. How’s that working for you? What did you give up? Are you sticking to it? Reminder: we do get a pass on Sundays. Those are “little Easters” so we get a pass and can have some chocolate, or diet soda, or whatever we’re fasting from...

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Coming Home

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We were able to schedule a last-minute meeting today with Nadal Abu Zuluf, one of the creators of Kairos Palestine. It's an ecumenical group of driven Christian Palestinians dedicated to bringing the story of the occupation of Palestine to the rest of the world. They have created a unifying...

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Expectations

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You know how some things get lost in translation, especially in writing. So I'm hoping this works. Funny thing happened on the way to the manger... We got over to the Church of the Nativity before the lines were too long because our tour guide is the man! He knows the ropes. And we do have to...

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Ash Wednesday

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Ash Wednesday Dear Peacemakers, While I am in Israel, we had a meeting this week with Malekite Orthodox Archbishop Elias Chacour, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and founder of the Mar Elias School in Ibiline. He issued some challenges and classic quotes, some real gems, to our group that I think...

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Girls With Guns

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Bethlehem. Back to reality in occupied territory. We're back in the West Bank now in area A, administered by the Palestinians, but still controlled by the Israelis. Going south from area A into B and then C, besides the check points every time you turn around, besides the wall that surrounds...

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Too Bad, So Sad!

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When we were kids, that was a taunt. Like, if things don't go your way the other kids couldn't care less and that's their response to you. "Too bad, so sad." Augh! I hated that! So it's 8:30pm on Monday and we just checked in to the hotel in Bethlehem in time to throw the bags in the room and...

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