Category Archive: E-pistle

Jul 13 2017

Lifelong Learning

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in divine and human favor. –Luke 2:52 It was on Wednesday, the third day of Bible School. The children shouted out the Hero Code of the day: “God’s Heroes Have Wisdom!” The Bible story was the familiar tale where Jesus’ anxious parents find their twelve-year old among …

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May 25 2017

The Common Life of a Spirited People


Acts 2:1-21 Of the three major Christian festivals, I might look forward to Pentecost the most. We celebrate God’s Spirit upon us, the breath of Christ in us. And it marks the birthday of the Christian Church. That first Pentecost was fulfillment. Fifty days after Easter, when the apostles are all together in one place, …

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May 11 2017

Faith, Courage, and Industry – Then and Now

With the 150th anniversary of St. Andrew’s Church just weeks away, I’ve been thinking about the roots of our very special faith community. Where did we come from? Who are the people whose faith, courage, and industry have been blessings passed on to us? After all, we have inherited the church and its mission from …

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Apr 06 2017

Esperanza Means Hope

“It is an incredible example of what vision, commitment, and passion for the gospel can yield . . .” Last Thursday I visited Esperanza, a faith-based organization headquartered in the Hunting Park neighborhood of Philadelphia, and one whose impact reaches beyond. It is an incredible example of what vision, commitment, and passion for the gospel …

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Mar 23 2017

What God Joins Together

“So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What God has joined together, let no one separate.” –Matthew 19:6 The familiar words “What God has joined together” are often invoked at weddings. What do they mean? In a covenant relationship, freedom is essential. Freedom is indispensable to the truth of love. Partners in a …

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Mar 09 2017

Vocation and Vitality

"The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet." --Frederick Buechner

Carol Howard Merritt has asked the leaders of our church to ponder this statement about God’s call in our lives. It is part of our “homework” before our next conference with Carol, and it is fertile territory for reflection and inspiration. “Where is that intersection for St. Andrew’s Church?”, Carol also asks. That is a …

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