Wednesdays at the Well

The Morning After

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The Morning After Q. What is All Saints' Day? A. In my book, All Saints' Day came early this year. Most years, we have to wait until the morning after Halloween. Following a night of romping about in costumes of vampires, zombies and other agents of death, we wake up the next day to celebrate...

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Tags: all saints, baptism

A Holy Halloween

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A Holy Halloween Q. What should Christians do about Halloween? A. I am not one of those Christians who think that celebrating Halloween is getting down with the devil and a sure way of putting your soul in peril. I am, however, one of those Christians who can't quite figure out the folk who...

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Tags: halloween, masks, christians

Open Communion

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Open Communion A. You always say that the communion table is "open" to everyone. Is that a United Methodist tradition or just a Willow Glen one? B. I was asked this question by someone recently, so I will answer it here. The open table (not to be confused with our anti-poverty program) is a...

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Tags: open table, communion

Bother Me!

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Bother Me! Q. How does a pastor ever get anything done? A. God knows. For a pastor who tries to take Mondays off, Tuesdays can be a rude awakening. I usually come to the office on Tuesday mornings with a list of ten things I want to get done and leave with the original ten and at least ten...

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Tags: interruptions, prayer

Arrested Decay

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"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