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Church News 6-25-13 Print E-mail

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"Unwinding": the Power and Limitations of Story Print E-mail

In his remarkable new book, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013), George Packer sets out to describe "the vertigo of that unwinding" which has affected virtually every aspect of American life since the 1960s. "You watched structures that had been in place before your birth collapse like pillars of salt across the vast visible landscape - the farms of the Carolina Piedmont, the factories of the Mahoning Valley, Florida subdivisions, California schools. And other things, harder to see but no less vital in supporting the order of everyday life, changed beyond recognition - ways and means in Washington caucus rooms, taboos on New York trading desks, manners and morals everywhere." Packer, looking back over the past couple of generations, writes in the book's prologue, "The norms that made the old institutions useful began to unwind, and the leaders abandoned their posts."

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Church News 6-18-13 Print E-mail
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Southside Founder's Day Celebration Print E-mail

Southside Church of Christ, 20 Southside Church Road, Falmouth, will be holding a Founder's Day Celebration on Sunday, June 23.

Sunday school will be held at 9 a.m. followed by Worship Service at 10 a.m.

There will be special music, great preaching and a potluck meal.

You can call the church at 859-654-8827 for more information.

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Short Creek Baptist VBS Print E-mail

"Grab your tickets and head on over to Colossal Coaster World!  Come join us as we experience the thrill and excitement of a day at the park!  As we explore the park, kids will enter Worship Rally at the Main Gate and stop at Coaster Alley for Bible study.  While touring the park, kids will also visit the Cotton Candy Café for snacks, the Adrenaline Zone for recreation, Tune Town for music, and the Scissors and Stuff Emporium for crafts.  It’s Vacation Bible School at Short Creek Baptist Church like you’ve never experienced before!  Children age 3 through high school are admitted June 24-28. Call 859-750-2061 for information."

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Practicing the Presence of God Print E-mail

"Surely the Lord is present in this place, and I did not know it!" The words are from Jacob, the ancient patriarch. Barbara Brown Taylor quotes them in her most recent book, An Altar in the World (New York: HarperOne, 2009). Barbara, who gave the commencement address to our 2013 graduating class, goes on to say: "People encounter God under shady oak trees, on riverbanks, at the tops of mountains, and in long stretches of barren wilderness. God shows up in whirlwinds, starry skies, burning bushes, and perfect strangers" (12-13).

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Church News 6-11-13 Print E-mail

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Butler United Methodist Church VBS Print E-mail

Get your fair gear ready as we head to the fair this year from 6-8:15 p.m., nightly, June 12-14. VBS is available for children grades Kindergarten thru the fifth.

We are located at 8417 Hwy 27 N.

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Means of Grace Print E-mail

My spiritual director once said to me that my way of knowing and experiencing God is more apophatic than cataphatic.  Though I was slow to see it, he may have a point.

According to scholars, like Roberta Bondi, the apophatic way of talking about God and of approaching God is characterized, as Roberta Bondi writes, "by looking beyond all created categories of sensation and thought to the God who can in no way be conceptualized,"( Richardson, Alan, and John Bowden, ed. Westminster Dictionary of Christian Theology. Westminster John Knox Press, 1983, "Apophatic Theology" 32).

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Religion News 6-4-13 Print E-mail

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