Playing Church

I remembered being awed when a new family started worshiping at my childhood church.   They were lifetime missionaries in Africa, and they had come home in order to get nursing degrees.  The degrees were part of a strategy to be better prepared to serve the African people they loved. During their time in the... Continue Reading →

Pottery Sold Here

The little town of Laguna, New Mexico sits on the north side of I-40, midway between Albuquerque and the Arizona line. A church sits at the top of a hillock, surrounded by adobe houses all resembling the red dirt on which they sit. If you blink or look too long at your dashboard you'll miss this wisp of a... Continue Reading →

White Frame Church

In the 80's a little white frame church building used to sit on the road between Lubbock and Lamesa (long e), Texas. It was a very small building that could have seated 50 at the most. On Sunday mornings you'd probably find just a handful of congregants, all silver-haired. The absence of change either of... Continue Reading →

I am not religious.

"You must be religious." She breezed by my table on her way to sit with a 70-ish friend for coffee. She didn't fit-in with the 20-somethings all around her. Acting like she had spotted an almost extinct bird species, she stopped at my table and motioned toward my open Bible. “You must be religious.” Then... Continue Reading →

What’s so bad about religion?

re·li·gion noun [ri-lij-uhn] 1. a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe. 2. the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices. 4. the practice of religious beliefs; ritual observance of faith, something one believes in and follows devotedly. It's a universal law of conversation; you... Continue Reading →

Red Letter Edition

Curt Cloninger is a one-man show, and he travels all over the U.S. performing shows about faith, God, and Jesus. On Sunday, April 17 Curt will be visiting in Merced at LifeSpring Church. Rather than having our usual sermon on that day, Curt will be our "sermon" as he performs his Red Letter Edition. This... Continue Reading →

The Importance of Community

In the 1830's Alexis de Tocqueville wrote this about the United States. "Individualism is a word recently coined to express a new idea...Individualism is a calm and considered feeling which disposes each citizen to isolate himself from the mass of his fellows and withdraw into the circle of family and friends; with this little society... Continue Reading →

Moving

Saturday morning Bev and I went to a friend’s house to help her move.  We got to her new digs about 9:30 AM where we met her to help unpack the first truck load.  That went pretty quickly. After lunch we went to a storage shed to empty it, and we picked up a few additional... Continue Reading →

Connector

Our Chamber sponsors a monthly “connector” for our members.  These connectors are held at various City businesses which provide refreshments and a great opportunities for networking and visiting with business friends. Today’s connector was held at our local Servicemaster.  A few months ago, Servicemaster moved to a new and much larger location, so this connector... Continue Reading →

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