SPECIAL NOTE FROM PASTOR J R

I rarely send out a second Note from Pastor J R during the same week. However, I received a request from a Covenant member asking me to explain the following passage. I thought some of you might be interested in my response. Romans 13:1-4, Common English Bible, “Every person should...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR NOVEMBER 13, 2016

The assigned scripture text for this coming Sunday is the first six verses of Isaiah 12. It’s a wonderful text with lots of what I needed to hear this week. I needed the comfort these scriptures brought me when after having checked in with my great nephew dying of stage...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2016

We all want to believe that healthy change is possible. As a person of faith, I certainly believe that. As a person of faith, I also know the dangers of false promises being offered to try and create unhealthy change. For example: The lies and danger of efforts to change...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2016

In the “Alabama News” this week, there was an article about Beloved Community Church, one of our sister UCC congregations, here in Birmingham, who hired Rev. Jennifer Sanders, a lesbian, as their new Pastor. She organized a day of silent prayer and meditation at their church for the following Saturday....

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2016

The opening line of Morgan Scott Peck’s book “The Road Less Traveled” is “Life is Difficult.” “Duh!” Who doesn’t know that? That fact hasn’t changed in all of human history. The why of that statement has changed many times even during our life time. One of the reasons it has...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2016

This Sunday the assigned text from the Old Testament Prophet Habakkuk includes these words “Write the vision, make it plain …”. These are words written by a man whose name means “Embracer” because of his love for God. These words come from a tiny book of only 3 short chapters...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

As an African American Pastor of a predominantly white congregation, I have to admit this week has been a difficult one for me. How much of what we saw this week, especially in Tulsa, occurred because people were not living out those two greatest commandments identified by Jesus? When Jesus...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2016

I was in a Faith in Action AL meeting this week where the topic was “Prophetic Declaring of the Scriptures.” It was led by the pastor of a large black Birmingham Baptist church. He talked about being able to “see things as God sees them and say things as God...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, “9/11” 2016

This Sunday is the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. This date has become so ingrained in our minds that we don’t even have to say anything else but 9/11 and pretty much every one knows what we’re talking about. As we approach...

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