Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Pastor Doug's Reflections is on a break until he returns from vacation. Blessings in your life and ministry.

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Today's Reflections is based on one I wrote for my congregation almost ten years ago. It continues the theme of how we read our ancient…

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings The church has wrestled with the question of how to read the Bible through most of its history. Beginning In the Enlightenment, scientific discoveries which…

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings How—and why—do we read the Bible? My recent sermons and last week’s Reflections raise both those questions. The church has always wrestled with them but…

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings This week someone who I don’t know watched our service on Facebook and left a comment. He wanted us to know that there was at…

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Last Sunday I focused my sermon on one of the most fascinating books of the Bible, Job. The sufferings of the modern world, especially in…

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings I’m just finishing my third book (a collection of her writings) about a woman I would have much liked to have known. She lived on…

Third Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Are all religions simply different paths to the same destination? People committed to one particular religion usually dismiss such an idea as spiritual pablum for…

Second Sunday after Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Here is the picture I featured in my sermon on Sunday. It’s called the Hubble Deep Field and is a composite photo taken by the…

The Holy Trinity

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings I am in the last week of a three-month online painting course, led by California artist Nicholas Wilton. In addition to being a successful painter,…

Day of Pentecost

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings During my sermon the Sunday before last, I talked about the early church’s “dirty laundry.” I was referring to the violent quarrel that broke out…

Seventh Sunday of Easter

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Recently I’ve been reading A Credible Jesus: Fragments of a Vision by the late Robert Funk. Funk was a Fulbright Scholar, chair of the graduate…

Sixth Sunday of Easter

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings “I find God in nature” is a sentiment often heard today. Some, including many religious people, dismiss such an idea as shallow and self-serving. And…

Fifth Sunday of Easter

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Recently I was discussing with Craig, my spiritual director (who is a retired American Baptist pastor and denominational administrator), what might be the long-term effects…

Fourth Sunday of Easter

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Over the years, I’ve heard lots of whining about the decline of Christianity from religious conservatives. But I was stunned the first time I heard…

Third Sunday of Easter

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings (Here is one more from the Reflections series I wrote a few years ago on the challenges of making sense of the Holy Week and…

Second Sunday of Easter

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings Below is another in the series of Reflections I wrote a few years ago about Holy Week and Easter. This one deals with the empty…

Easter Sunday

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Reflections by Pastor Doug Kings This is an edited version of a Reflections I wrote a few years ago dealing with contemporary problems and possibilities of the Holy Week and…