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An Alternative Song for Palm Sunday

March 10, 2012

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I’ve replaced “Rise Up Ye Saints of God” with “Shout to the North,” but I’ve also reworked the lyrics to the song.  Now we are singing not simple, generic words about the healing power of Jesus but instead about the implications of that healing in places like Northern Ireland and in Alabama (around racism). Finally, […]

As Big as it Gets: New England Methodism

March 7, 2012

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I recently visited and reviewed two of New England Methodism’s largest churches, First United Methodist Church of Westborough, MA and Sudbury United Methodist Church in Sudbury, MA.  They have the largest worship attendance, a statistic which is gaining greater attention among United Methodist hierarchy. Considering such measurements as “worship attendance”, church consultant Gil Rendle offers […]

A Marine To Escort a Killer to Hell?

March 2, 2012

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Benjamin L. Makinen was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for randomly attacking and killing a woman here in Worcester.  In a victim impact statement, the woman’s brother threatened Makinen with this promise:  “Marines do a tour of duty at the Pearly Gates, and when your time comes, I’m going to escort you straight to […]