April 20, 2014

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Creativity and the Wheel of Fortune Print E-mail

John Calvin was famously opposed to Christians attributing good or bad phenomena to luck, chance or fortune. Calvin was entering into a stream of thought that was in full flow by the time he came along; many of the leading lights of the Renaissance had written on the subject of "fortune." For Dante, Fortune (and the word probably should be capitalized for Dante) was a kind of divinely created power, the "general minister and guide" who, as Ross King writes, "doles out good and bad luck more or less unpredictably and inexplicably." Other Renaissance writers, from Boccaccio to Machiavelli to Sir Thomas More, wrestled with the meaning of "fortune" and whether humanity's efforts or virtues had any effect upon it (Ross King, Machiavelli: Philosopher of Power, New York: HarperCollins, 2007, 152-156; and Sebastian de Grazia, Machiavelli in Hell, New York: Vintage/Random House, 1994, 204-215).

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Butler United Methodist Annual Christmas Auction to be held Nov. 9 Print E-mail

Yes, it's that time! Time for the Annual Christmas Auction given by the Butler United Methodist Women. This year the auction will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9.

There will be many items to bid on this year, including the ever popular Silent Auction, Ma, Pa, Guy and Gal boxes, and treasures galore.

It wouldn't be right to have the auction without Marvin and Clay Sullivan, so, yes,they will be there singing, harmonica playing, storytelling and auctioning too. It's a night we all look forward to!

The famous barbeque will be served starting at 5:30 p.m. and the auction will begin at 7 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend!

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Oakland Christian's youth are giving cancer the boot Print E-mail

Sunday, October 27 was Youth Sunday at Oakland Christian Church.

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Church News 10-29-13 Print E-mail

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Church News 10-22-13 Print E-mail
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A hunter hot on the heels of the divine fox Print E-mail

The transition from seminary to pastoral ministry can be quite a jolt. The steady ebb and flow of the academic calendar, the immediate gratification of studying, being examined, receiving a grade, the easy collegiality among fellow students: these are hallmarks of seminary life. While in the parish, one hardly ever knows what will come next. True, there's the reality of Sunday coming round every seven days. Ready or not, here it comes! But, in between, you never know. And the variety of activities that will call upon your skills on any given day can be unnerving and overwhelming. A good pastor must be as flexible as a yoga instructor, ready to move from a budget conference to a hospital call to a liturgical planning session. And I'm only scratching the surface. Combine that with the fact that you generally don't know how you're doing till you mess up and the aching loneliness that many pastors feel. Well, it is a big transition.

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Church News 10-15-13 Print E-mail

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Church News 10-8-13 Print E-mail

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Butler United Methodist Auction Print E-mail

Yes, it's that time! Time for the Annual Christmas Auction given by the Butler United Methodist Women. This year the auction will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9.

There will be many items to bid on this year, including the ever popular Silent Auction, Ma, Pa, Guy and Gal boxes, and treasures galore.

It wouldn't be right to have the auction without Marvin and Clay Sullivan, so, yes,they will be there singing, harmonica playing, storytelling and auctioning too. It's a night we all look forward to!

The famous barbeque will be served starting at 5:30 p.m. and the auction will begin at 7 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend!

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Chapel of Praise to hold Revival Print E-mail

Chapel of Praise, Assembly of God, located at 1562 Hwy 159 North in Falmouth, will be holding revival services Sunday, October 13 - Wednesday, October 16 at the church. Service times will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning, 6 p.m. Sunday evening and 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

The guest evangelist will be Rev. C.L. Haston of Bonnerdale, Arkansas. Special music will also be provided.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information, please call 859-654-6006.

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