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November 29, 2018

Earlier this month, American John Allen Chau was apparently killed by Sentinelese tribespeople on a remote island in the Bay of Bengal where they have lived relatively undisturbed for tens of thousands of years. Chau was motivated by a singular missionary zeal, writing...

July 18, 2018

The 1600 block of Story Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky offers a story of resiliency. This area was originally developed in the mid to late 19th century, and the church was a new neighborhood mission of First Lutheran Church on Broadway. Our building was dedicated in 18...

July 11, 2018

We are studying the Q ("Source") Gospel at Grace Immanuel this summer - sections of Matthew and Luke which most likely came from another early Christian teaching book, though no copies have ever been found. Last Sunday the teaching was:

Can one blind person lead another...

June 21, 2018

Do you remember Ruby Ridge? It was the site of an extended siege of the remote Weaver family Idaho residence in 1992. Due to Randy Weaver's failure to appear in court on a firearms charge, federal agents surrounded the property and the ensuing exchanges left US Marshal...

May 24, 2018

Give them credit, the NFL owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell have me thinking of the great Protestant reformer John Calvin. Calvin sought to establish Geneva as the model Christian city in the mid-1500s. So far, so good. However, Calvin's reputation is stained by a...

March 20, 2018

One Holy Week years ago, I was wrestling the wooden cross into place in front of the church when a silver sports car screeched to the curb. Though we had not met, I knew it was the Jewish artist from down the block, Bill Fischer.  He threw open the driver door and said...

February 17, 2018

Throughout the Lenten season, Grace Immanuel is focusing on the Psalms in worship, in the Adult Bible Study Class, and through daily "praying the Psalms" for those who have committed to that discipline. So, how do we pray the Psalms? Those of us who are Protestant espe...

January 12, 2018

Pardon me if you have heard this story before. It came to mind this week, and still inspires me.  In the summer of 2001, Grace Immanuel and Salem UCC here in Louisville partnered with Kentucky Refugee Ministries to welcome four of the "Lost Boys of Sudan." When Abraham...

January 6, 2018

The new year always prompts a bit of reflection...and of course, annual reports! (Get yours in by January 14.) My thoughts heading back into the work routine this week have centered on gratitude for our church staff. They definitely fit in with our "small, but mighty"...

December 15, 2017

Our recent Distilled Spirit meeting featured Rev. Sherry Roby of Open Door Community Church, an LGBT friendly congregation on Southern Parkway in Louisville.  Sherry spoke of her Christian journey and she encouraged us to entertain the thought "I might be wrong" as we...

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