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August E-mail Test

Just when you thought we were done, just one more test to make sure everything is fixed.  Have a great weekend!

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July 29 Test #3

Okay, one more time. Tired of these yet?

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Andy Cook

A new experience for me - offending a stranger

Pardon me while I process out loud a bit.  I had an experience at lunch yesterday that I can't stop thinking about.  I offended someone, and was left with no opportunity to rectify the situation, and was left with an afternoon of introspection.

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Michael Osborn

More bibliography from Suzy Browning's class on hospice and elder care

Suzy Browning wanted me to post the following addition to the bibliography she handed out Nov. 5; our website doesn't really have a good category for this, but "Stories" seemed to stretch enough to fit.

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Jerry Magner

Commentary on John Chapter 21

After reviewing John 21 for Sunday's Bible study, I had the following thoughts, which I decided to blog on so as to get the discussion started and not take to much time on Sunday morning.  In the Good News Bible, Chapter 21 is divided into three sections with headings of: "Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples", "Jesus and Peter", and "Jesus and the Other Disciple".  Here are my questions or comments.

Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples - Why is it necessary to know that Peter was naked in the boat while fishing?  If it was hot, why is only Peter naked?  What is the writer saying by calling attention to Peter in this way?Jesus and Peter - As John was written some 70 to 90 years after the death of Jesus the person writing this was at least two generations removed from the life of Jesus.  By this time the early church was in a struggle over who was the authentic successor to Jesus' leadership.  There may have been several sects, some around Peter, some around Paul, maybe even some around Mary Magdelene.  The author of these versus was definitely in the Peter camp. Jesus and the Other Disciple - What is this cryptic reference to a disciple that Jesus loved all about?  If Jesus loved him, why did he pick Peter to "feed his sheep"?  Even Peter doesn't seem to know what to do about him and Jesus essentially tells him it's none of his concern.   What Greek word for love is used in the phrase "the disciple whom Jesus loved"?  Is it "agape" or "philio" or "storge" or "eros"?  By singling out this disciple in this way the text seems to be saying this was more than agape love.  Why did the author put this in the text?  What message is it trying to convey to us about Jesus or God?
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Tales from the Vus

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The PCM Vus has served as our bus/taxi/limo, trailer-puller, parking lot sentry, temporary shelter and steady companion for countless fellowship and mission trips and other adventures. Oh, the things the Vus has seen, heard and endured for almost 15 years! We invite you to share you own story or memory of/in the Vus in the comments section below, or reply to an existing comment to add your memories to the story.

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Brad Wendel

Things to Try During Your First Visit to PCM

Going to a church for the first time can be a scary and nervous experience.  It's true!  Imagine walking into a place full of people who have known each other for years or even decades, and then picture their reaction to the stranger in their midst.  I could go on and on about how nothing bad will happen to you when you visit PCM for the first time (of course it won't), but maybe it'd be better and a little more fun instead if I gave you a list of some things you could look for or try out during your visit.  You'll get to know us a little better, maybe find a new way to experience the love of God, or just have a little laugh (maybe even at our expense!).  Enjoy!

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