Wednesdays at the Well

Arrested Decay

Posted by Rebecca Irelan on

"Arrested Decay?" Q. What is going on with the United Methodist Church these days? A. We just came back from three days in the Sierras. We drove through Yosemite on Monday, just hours before the government shutdown. That night, we stayed in a little motel south of Bridgeport on Highway 395...

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Tags: methodist, decay, boomtown, moving on

Planning a Wedding?

Posted by Rebecca Irelan on

Q. You and Hank had such a unique wedding. What advice do you have for someone who is planning to be married? A. This is the question that no one has ever asked me in 25 years of ministry. I don't even hear about most weddings until all the planning mistakes are already made. Here is a short...

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Tags: planning wedding

The Unanswered Question

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Posted by Rebecca Irelan on

Question: Do you ever wonder why God doesn't strike you dead on a daily basis? Non-Answer:          I had just finished preaching a sermon on the parable of the Good Samaritan and had just heard an awe-inspiring testimony from Alison Praisewater, who...

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Tags: samaritan, unanswered questions, good neighbor

Jane's Story

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Posted by Rebecca Irelan on

        Q. Do you remember the "each one bring one" campaign to invite someone to church and into a relationship with Jesus Christ?         A. Let me tell you a story. Jane is one person who signed the "each one bring one" pledge back in May. She had...

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Tags: welcome, each one bring one

Why a Village?

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Q: Why are we in the church always using the phrase, "It takes a whole village?"          A: You often hear me repeating this African proverb because it captures something that many of us in the church feel has been lost in recent decades. As extended...

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Tags: village, individualism, communitarian, church, social religion, wesley

Kaleidoscope Bible Class September 12

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Posted by Rebecca Irelan on

Welcome to the Well! Here's a first question: Q: I've heard about the Kaleidescope Bible class. What does it cover? A: Good question! It's not a traditional Bible class with a course of readings and topics, per se. It often uses the lectionary readings for the week (the schedule of...

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Wednesday Early Bible Study reflects on Genesis 12

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Posted by Jane Vivian on

There were 5 of us gathered this morning. We read the Scripture for the first day of Lent.  In our discussion, we agreed that in stepping out of our comfort zone, we can receive God’s  blessing, but that we don’t have to do so to be blessed by God.  Most of us...

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