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Happy birthday, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Print E-mail
By Doyle Sager   
Thursday, February 12, 2015
If Protestants had saints, Dietrich Bonhoeffer would be one of them. And Feb. 4 would have been his day. He was a German pastor and theologian, a prolific writer and an early opponent of Hitler. He ultimately paid for his resistance with his life, when he was executed in April 1945 by the Nazis just days before the Allied troops liberated his prison camp. He was 39 years old when he died.
 
Thank God for music Print E-mail
By Doyle Sager   
Sunday, December 07, 2014
I absolutely love Christmas music. As early as possible each year, I begin listening to it. In fact, I’ve decided that if merchants can begin airing holiday commercials on TV right after Halloween, I can start listening to Christmas carols, too. Have you ever pondered why God chose the medium of music to proclaim the birth of Jesus? Why is music so central to our faith — not only at Christmastime, but all year long? Let me suggest a few reasons.
 
Balancing a congregation's spiritual diet Print E-mail
By Doyle Sager   
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Is your congregation receiving all its spiritual vitamins and minerals? We all know how crucial a balanced physical diet is; our spirits also need a healthy mixture of “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). But before you stop reading this column because you think it is for pastors only, be assured that everyone can do something to assure that our Sunday worship services offer a variety of spiritual food.
 
Praying the Jesus way Print E-mail
By Doyle Sager   
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Over time, praying the Jesus way roots out our tiny, timid and unworthy goals and gradually aligns us with God’s heart and God’s purposes.
 
Churches need social justice committees Print E-mail
By Rudy Pulido   
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
A church social justice committee can keep members informed and educated on issues confronting the community and can work with social justice committees of other congregations to have a powerful impact.
 
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