A Word From Pastor Clay

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Racial Justice Resources

With many racial justice resources circulating right now, I offer this list as a potential starting point to better understand some of the racial injustices in our country. This is a list of works that have been influential to me over the years. It’s certainly not a complete list of everything I’ve read, listened to, or watched, … Read the rest

A Word from Pastor Clay

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Lean In

I was speechless after watching the 10-minute video of George Floyd’s murder and I’m speechless after watching the protests that turned violent in the aftermath. Both are so far from the image of the world God has for us. When conversations don’t happen with non-violent protests, we see the conversation forced to the table with violence. But let … Read the rest

A Word from Pastor Clay

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Waiting

Twelve weeks is a long time to wait. That’s about how long we’ve gone without meeting together in person for worship. Looking back, I had no idea we would be waiting this long. Of course, when we moved worship online the first week, I was on pain medication from recent surgery and not thinking straight, but even those of … Read the rest

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Noticing

Has your life sped up or slowed down over the past week or two? For some people, myself included, the world has changed and therefore the way we do ministry, work, etc. has changed. Teachers and professors are scrambling to create an education plan. Business leaders are shifting strategies and meetings to allow all their workers to telecommute, not … Read the rest

A Word from Pastor Clay

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Love Your Enemies

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” These are some of the most powerful words ever spoken. When Jesus shared these words with his followers, he set the bar pretty high for us. They are extremely difficult, but if we can try to practice them, then we take steps towards showing the Kingdom of … Read the rest