Tag Archives: gospel of welcome

Heck with social distancing, we’re going ‘face-to-face!’

Marti pointed out that my title yesterday might have been a bit misleading. “Germ-free community” sounds so sterile and so perfect. “Look at us; we’re all germ-free!” I can see that title might have given that impression. That, of course, … Continue reading

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Fear not

Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened, but in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. 1 Peter 3:14-15 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. … Continue reading

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Living bridges

[Today Marti reminds us of our mission.] For as long as I have known John, which is more years than I care to admit, he has sought to create bridges among people within the church to those out beyond its … Continue reading

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Everyone’s welcome. Some have other plans.

Everyone’s welcome. This is the Gospel of Welcome and everyone’s welcome. And we mean everyone. Every color, every race, every religion and none, every sexual preference (LGBTQ and you can add XYZ if you want to — they’re welcome, too) … Continue reading

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Put out the welcome mat

It’s voting day here in California. Out and about you find voting signs and there are police warnings on my emergency app about possible congestion around polling places. We’ve been talking a lot about politics lately here at the Catch … Continue reading

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Coffee with John

Let’s face it, we’re all caffeinated Christians. Well, maybe you aren’t, but everyone else with a cup of coffee nearby is. I even woke up with an acid stomach this morning, and still, the first thing in my mouth was … Continue reading

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More about that lady pourin’ coffee

  And the lady pourin’ coffee She knows the regulars by name And if she doesn’t know you She calls you “Honey” just the same This is a picture of Branka Katic, Serbian actress, in one of her scenes playing … Continue reading

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Everyone’s welcome except those who don’t want to be there

Everyone’s welcome. This is another aspect about the Gospel of Welcome we want to focus on today. Everyone’s welcome. And we mean everyone. Every color, every race, every religion and none, every sexual preference (LGBT and you can add XYZ … Continue reading

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