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Posted by Rob McClellan on

The lectionary gospel reading for this coming Sunday comes from John 1. In it, Philip says to Nathanael, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael responds pointedly, dismissively, offensively, “Can...

A Day in Santa Rosa

Posted by Bethany Nelson on

Recently I had the opportunity to work in Santa Rosa for a day with the Salvation Army as part of their “Emotional and Spiritual Care Team.” I left my house before the sun rose to report at 7:00am to the Santa Rosa Salvation Army headquarters. There, I joined several other pastors...

To Fast or Not to Fast

Posted by Bethany Nelson on

Every year during Lent, I seem to have a conversation with someone about fasting. Usually the conversation starts with a question. Am I supposed to fast during Lent? Why do people fast during Lent? Or something like that. I explain that though fasting is not necessarily a Presbyterian...