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Sacred Backstory

September 2nd, 2016 · Comments Off on Sacred Backstory · Faith and the City

An actor prepping for a new role opens her script to search for backstory. A solid backstory brings a character to life. It chronicles triumphs and struggles. It focuses on moments when a person’s virtues and flaws come into focus. You don’t know someone until you know his or her backstory. Not really. So, what […]

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Strategic Prayer II: Who is My Neighbor?

March 15th, 2013 · 3 Comments · Faith and the City

Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he said, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What do you read there?’ He answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with […]

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Saint Margaret

July 17th, 2012 · 27 Comments · Faith and the City

Last night, during heart surgery, Margaret Loehlin Shafer passed into God’s eternal care. Margaret was a member of this church since 1988. She was a member of the staff from 1991 to 2004, serving first in Christian education and ultimately as the Associate for Outreach. During that time Margaret was a tireless advocate for God’s […]

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The Bowling Lanes of the Lord

January 19th, 2012 · 4 Comments · Faith and the City

In the 1920’s, my father’s parents (Beatrice and Edgar) emigrated from Scotland to the United States.  Passing through Ellis Island, they moved into an apartment at 94-13 Jamaica Avenue in Queens. My grandfather was a journeyman carpenter who plied his trade in the New York shipyards.  My grandmother was a clerk at Bloomingdales.  Together they […]

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You Can’t Go It Alone in New York

October 14th, 2011 · Comments Off on You Can’t Go It Alone in New York · Faith and the City

This week I have been running into church members all around our fair city. I am still surprised when this happens.  It’s a numbers thing.  Hop around the corner to grab lunch in Gotham and you’ll pass a thousand other souls in two minutes flat.  Flashing along with all the other sardines, it is easy […]

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The Kardashians Go to Church

September 29th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Faith and the City

Last week, a producer of the reality television show, “Kourtney & Kim Take New York” called the church.  Really!  In case you don’t know (I didn’t), Kourtney and Kim are two of the three Kardashian sisters. Who are the Kardashians?  Well, that’s a darn good question. The Kardashians have become famous in the odd way […]

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