Posts from July 2021

July 27th update from David Bridges

Greetings in Christ’s name! According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the days spanning July 3rd to August 11th are called the Dog Days of Summer because during these days the sun occupies the same region of the sky as Sirius, the brightest star visible from any part of Earth and part of the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog. Throughout these days Sirius, sometimes called the Dog Star, rises and sets with the sun, but is bright enough to see.  The Romans thought that…

July 20th update from Bobby Kirkpatrick

Good morning, Friends! On Sunday, Josiah preached to us about putting on new “clothes”—changing our thinking, our identity, and then our character to align with Jesus.  This is a great reminder for us to always embrace disciplines of self-reflection. As we continue our journey with Christ, a big part of our growth in that journey is taking the time and space to reflect on where we’ve been, where we are now, and what needs to change so that we live…

July 13 update from David Bridges

Greetings in Christ’s name! Most likely, the name “Quaker” was originally a derogatory term given to members of the Society of Friends in 1650.  The term had earlier been applied to members of other religious sects who shook with religious fervor during their worship.  But, as the story goes, George Fox admonished Justice Bennett in Derby, England, saying that the judge ought to “tremble at the word of the Lord.”  The judge then turned the phrase and called Fox and…

July 6th update from David Bridges

Greetings in Christ’s name! According to John’s gospel, when Jesus appeared to the disciples after God raised him from the dead, he said to them, “Peace be with you.  As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you don’t forgive them, they aren’t forgiven.”  What struck me when I read this passage last week was different than what has garnered my…