Weekly Ponderings

God Already Has

“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going.” -Hebrews 11:8 This Sunday we continue in our sermon series on “Change, Transition and Transformation.”  Last Sunday through the story of Moses, Pastor Zach highlighted that: change often happens when we least expect it, we often do not know how to name the change that is taking place as it is...


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Faithful living in times of change

While visiting with family last Sunday, I was delighted to receive a text message that informed me of our congregation’s unanimous vote to extend a call to Zach Wooten to serve as our Part-Time Pastoral Partner.   Having served as our Director of Youth Ministries from September 2013 to July 2015, Zach is no stranger to BCWC.  While a student at Princeton Theological Seminary, Zach served as the co-pastor of First United Methodist Church of Mount Holly for two years....


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You Are Here

In Psalm 139:7 the psalmist asks the question, “O Lord, where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence?  In verse eight the psalmist answers his own question, “If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.”  The psalmist paints a poetic image, that there is nowhere we can go where we can flee from God’s presence.  “if we rise on the wings of the dawn or if we settle on the far...


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If BCWC Ceased our Ministry...

Psalm 133:1 says, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”  It was more than good and pleasant to be community with one another last Sunday-whether around the communion table or the picnic table, in the church sanctuary or on the softball diamond, it was a blessing to be a part of our faith community.  As last Sunday’s worship service had a few special celebrations, so will this Sunday. We will celebrate the dedication...


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Celebration, Flourishing and a Picnic

I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to this Sunday.  During our morning worship service, our Christian Education Board will lead us in celebrating our discipleship ministries.  We will also celebrate communion this Sunday.  Also, if you have not already brought something in that is symbolic of a flourishing life or reminds you of a time in your life that you really flourished, please do so this Sunday.  After worship we’ll have an opportunity to...


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We Don't Know

In his book Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection John Cacioppo writes, “It is estimated that one in five Americans suffers from persistent loneliness, and while we’re more connected than ever before, social media may actually be exacerbating the problem.” One study found that 25% of respondents admitted they had no one with whom they could talk about their personal troubles or successes.  The number was 50% if family members were...


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Idolatry & Injustice

If you ever spend time reading the prophets of the Old Testament, you will quickly discover they often denounce two things again and again. Those two things are idolatry and injustice.  One minute the prophet may be rebuking Israel’s idolatry and the next minute the prophet is condemning the injustices found in Israel.  We might be surprised that the prophets link these two together.  We might think, “isn’t idolatry a religious matter and injustice a political...


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Idol Makers or Icons?

Are we idol makers or icons?  Perhaps you find this question interesting, surprising or even a little provocative.  Icons are not something most Protestants, especially Protestants in the free tradition, like Baptists, use in worship.  Unlike our Orthodox brothers and sisters, we are not familiar with icons.  We may not even know the meaning of the word.  An icon is a religious work of art, most commonly a painting, from the Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental...


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Transformed to Love

Have you ever taken a moment to imagine what your life could be like in one, three, five, ten or twenty years?  Have you ever poured out your heart to God praying that your hopes for the future would become reality?  I thought of these questions this past week when I heard the story of Mr. Steven Mallory.  Two decades ago, NPR All Things Considered Host Robert Siegel, interviewed Steven shortly after he decided to stop selling drugs, where he made $500 to $600 a day.  He was...


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Grace Upon Grace

Throughout Lent we have explored Jesus’ ministry to the Apostle Peter.  This Easter Sunday we will broaden our view beyond Peter to Jesus’ ministry with all of the disciples.  In the Gospel of John chapter 20 Mary Magdalene was the first to discover the empty tomb.  Thinking someone had taken Jesus from the tomb, she ran and told Peter and the “beloved disciple.”  When Peter and the other disciple reached the tomb, they both entered and saw the burial...


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