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The Rev. Dr. Brian Coulter

Brian Coulter: If Children, Then Heirs

Romans 8:14-17

Day of Pentecost - Year C

June 09, 2019

The Rev. Dr. Brian Coulter (PCUSA)











The text says:


They were all together in one place that day,     

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The Rev. Hardy Kim

Hardy Kim: Connect to Real Life, Connect to Jesus

John 14:23-29

6th Sunday of Easter - Year C

May 26, 2019

The Rev. Hardy Kim (PCUSA)


Toward the beginning of her book Christianity After Religion, published in 2012, Diana Butler Bass shares part of a conversation she had with a seat mate on a plane who said, "'...I don't go to church anymore. I'm not mad at the church or anything - I appreciate what it gave me when I was young... But I just don't know where it fits anymore, and I just drifted away. My life is full without church; it seems kind of irrelevant. They don't care about my questions; there's no reason to go.'"

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