The Eternal No: Thoughts on Hell

The Eternal No: Thoughts on Hell

Hate of neighbor is the most explicit form of hell on earth. Not seeing others in the image of God is a living hell in which someone is choosing loneliness and disconnection saying those people aren’t a part of the whole and neither am I . . . Not forgiving . . . holding bitterness . . . being passive aggressive or mean-spirited . . . lording over someone . . . dismissing someone’s personhood . . . these are all forms of hell on earth . . . and they are daily choices that carry an eternal impact for not only ourselves but the people who receive it. 

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A Spirit of Hospitality

A Spirit of Hospitality

One of the first things we learned after moving to the area was that Betty and Julian had a beautiful rose garden.  And they were generous in sharing blooms with the staff.  Every week for the first years there, each staff member had a rose bud pinned on them for worship.  Because of the warmer winter weather, there was only a brief break in this tradition for the colder months. 

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Janis Rule Announces Retirement

Janis Rule Announces Retirement

I know for me, as one of the pastors and a parent in the program, it has been an absolute pleasure working alongside Mrs. Rule. In just two, short years, she instituted a new curriculum; moved enrollment to full capacity with a waiting list; generated tons of goodwill between teachers, parents, the church, and the community; and, most importantly, she expanded all of our understandings of what it means to see and love a child.

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