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I want to share a description from Oscar Wilde’s play, “Salome” that helps me
with the concept of Easter:

They are discussing The Messiah, about mid-play, which is just one act.

Herod: Where is this man at present?

Second Nazarene: He is in every place, my lord, but it is hard to
find him.

This description helps me remember the “Illusion of Separation”, and that we
are all divine, there is a Christ in each of us, but it is “hard to find him”.

There’s a book about near death experience, “Return from Tomorrow” by physician
George Ritchie, a native Texan, with a Christian background. In his near death
experience during Army basic training, he sees the loving face of “Jesus”.
Later, as a soldier, liberating a concentration camp, he dealt with the horror
by looking for someone with “that” face.

He finds that face in a prisoner he calls “Wild Bill”, who was a peacemaker in
the camp. Bill would mediate disputes between various enthicities of survivors,
and even camp guards. Ritchie assumed that Bill was a recent prisoner, due to
his positive attitude, upright posture, and peaceful demeanor, but actually Bill
had been there longer than almost any prisoner.

Bill explained that when his family was lined up by the Germans, they discovered
that Bill could speak several languages, and so was useful to them. So Bill
watched as his wife and children were shot to death. He said he knew he could
choose to be loving or hateful, and that as a lawyer, he knew the consequences
of being hateful, and decided in that moment to love every person he
encountered. [click to continue…]


by Dr. Patty Stephens

February 14, 2012

As Valentine’s Day is here, we all are bombarded by images of chocolates, flowers and candlelit dinners. These false images of romance can leave us feeling empty. So, I encourage you to turn your back on the commercialization of this holiday. Instead, turn your focus to all of the significant relationships in your life. The […]

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Gratitude in Tough Times
by Dr. Patty Stephens

November 23, 2011

Caught up in the immediacy of our family chaos, economic woes, unwelcome health issues, many of us find gratitude — the central value in the Thanksgiving holiday — difficult to muster up. Our twin monsters of fear and shame rob us of our ability to experience gratitude. Who knows why, but scarcity and distress actually […]

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Stewardship Thoughts

October 24, 2011

In the 10:45 worship service at St Andrew’s, longtime member David Rackley shared some great thoughts on his years of involvement and stewardship. You can read them on his blog, Shade for Mules. Thanks, David!

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My Presbyterian Cult
by Robert Jensen

October 10, 2011

Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas and a supporter of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, stirred up trouble by saying in public what many evangelical Christians say privately: Mormonism is a cult.* If he’s right and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the formal name of the Mormon church) is a […]

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Five Scriptures You Won’t Hear at Rick Perry’s Prayer Event
by Jim Rigby

August 3, 2011

Posted first at Common Dreams is a nonprofit, progressive, nonpartisan citizens’ organization founded in 1997. As a native Texan, I’m used to crazy religion and crazy politics. So, the announcement of Gov. Rick Perry’s plans for “The Response,” a prayer event scheduled for Aug. 6 at Houston’s Reliant Stadium, was not a surprise. But […]

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How to Be a Person by Robert Jensen

July 17, 2011

[This is an edited version of a sermon delivered July 17, 2011, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX] Our pastor here at St. Andrew’s, Jim Rigby, often talks about the role of art in our spiritual and political lives, and he routinely suggests that we think of scripture as a form of poetry. […]

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Jim’s Refugee Day Speech

July 5, 2011

I was invited to speak at a gathering on National Refugee Day. We remembered the 1,900 people deported or detained last year from Austin. Friends and family gathered to weep for their missing loved ones. We spoke about the private prisons springing like toadstools to profit from the misery. What follows is reconstruction of the […]

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Garden Update

July 5, 2011

Since November of 2010, the gardens at St. Andrew’s have been providing the food pantry with beautiful, organic vegetables. Sometimes we cook up the vegetables and serve them with a meal that’s been prepared by food pantry volunteers, but most of the time we put the fresh bounty on a table, and the clients take […]

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