Archive for the ‘MARK’S BLOG’ Category

OPINIONS

Posted by secondchurch on May - 24 - 2017

Thoughts from Pastor Mark  “The greatest deception [people] suffer is from their own opinions.”  –Leonardo da Vinci I used to fret about people’s opinions of me and their feelings in general. My obsessions with others’ feelings would keep me up at night. I would be laser focused on some whom  [ Read More ]

SATISFACTION

Posted by secondchurch on May - 10 - 2017

THOUGHTS FROM PASTOR MARK “Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”  —  Lao Tzu Recently I shared with someone from the church that there was a time when I owned six rental  [ Read More ]

SENSING THE SPIRIT

Posted by secondchurch on April - 24 - 2017

Thoughts from Pastor Mark “Glorifying God in a radically inclusive Christian community through social engagement.” ~ DRAFT Purpose Statement for The Second Church in Newton I am rarely overt in stating one of my main motivations as I minister with you and to you. First and foremost, my goal is  [ Read More ]

VITAL CHURCH

Posted by secondchurch on March - 30 - 2017

Thoughts from Pastor Mark  “Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald I hope you read my column in last week’s Constant Contact email and will read what I’ve written for the April edition of “The Spire” newsletter, which  [ Read More ]

DYING WHILE LIVING

Posted by secondchurch on March - 28 - 2017

Reflections from Pastor Mark “If every human being disappeared off the face of the earth in an instant, the earth would still keep spinning and the planet would develop new life forms.” ~ Graham Nash I recently attended a regional clergy meeting. Those in attendance came from various settings –  [ Read More ]

Church: A Worshipping Community

Posted by secondchurch on March - 22 - 2017

THOUGHTS FROM PASTOR MARK   “If churches around the world would grasp the revolutionary truth that Christ’s transforming power always comes through sacrifice and weakness, it would dramatically alter the landscape of the global church.” — Joni Eareckson Tada I have served rural, suburban, and urban congregations. I’ve served those  [ Read More ]

LENT

Posted by secondchurch on February - 28 - 2017

Thoughts from Pastor Mark “Lent is a time to renew wherever we are in that process that I call the divine therapy. It’s a time to look what our instinctual needs are, look at what the dynamics of our unconscious are.” ~ Thomas Keating Step back,           What do you  [ Read More ]

ANNUAL MEETING

Posted by secondchurch on February - 8 - 2017

Annual Meeting Thoughts from Pastor Mark  “My advice was to start a policy of making reversible decisions before anyone left the meeting or the office … It doesn’t matter if you’re 100 percent right 100 percent of the time. What matters is having forward momentum.” ~ Steven Gary Blank, “The  [ Read More ]

SALVATION

Posted by secondchurch on February - 1 - 2017

Thoughts from Pastor Mark “Each and every one of us has one obligation, during the bewildering days of our pilgrimage here: the saving of his own soul, and secondarily and incidentally thereby affecting for good such other souls as come under our influence.”                [ Read More ]

FAITH AND POLITICS

Posted by secondchurch on January - 25 - 2017

THOUGHTS FROM PASTOR MARK “Christ instructs us to love our enemies, which does not mean a submission to their hostile agendas or domination, but does mean treating them as human beings also created in the image of God and respecting their human rights as adversaries and even as prisoners.” —  [ Read More ]