Burning Coals

The executive officer on my ship would begin his daily meeting with us junior officers by grilling one of us. We never knew who would be on the hot seat or what minor infraction he had perceived. He seemed to be calling out smoke to see what fire he could ignite. About that time I… Continue reading Burning Coals

Statement Condemning Violence and Racism

Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church condemns violence and supports all efforts to end racism and promote justice and peace. James 2:9 tells us, “If you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law.” If we truly have faith in Jesus we will not treat some people better… Continue reading Statement Condemning Violence and Racism

Love Your Neighbor

Serendipitously our Mission and Evangelism Committee independently chose to present options for volunteering with local mission agencies on the exact same Sunday when our reading of Romans 12:1-8 would ask us how we might present our bodies as a living sacrifice, using our various gifts so that together we might be the body of Christ… Continue reading Love Your Neighbor

Who Are Our Neighbors

Summary Discussions and responses on the demographic survey “Who are Our Neighbors” uncovered three major themes. See below for the demographic data presented in this survey. Survey responses focused on continuing and expanding programs: Outreach and engagement with our geographic community by shared meals, pantry assistance, fellowship, and collaboration on these with congregations near us,… Continue reading Who Are Our Neighbors

Unopened Gift

I like many Americans was brought up with the ideal that you get what you deserve and you deserve what you get. So you had better work hard and do the right thing. Or else! But what about the Jews? Scripture tells us that Jesus came first to them and they rejected him, even crucified… Continue reading Unopened Gift

Shameless

I am amazed by the dedication of actors, actresses, directors, stage crew, and musicians who participate in community theater productions. They must learn their parts, faithfully attend practices, and reliably show up for performances for the entire company depends on each volunteer. Yes, volunteer! Most community theater productions are fully staffed by people who love… Continue reading Shameless