Archive for the ‘MARK’S BLOG’ Category

FALSE NARRATIVES

Posted by secondchurch on October - 11 - 2017

THOUGHTS FROM PASTOR MARK “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” ~ Marcus Aurelius A couple of my congregants were surprised that I worked on Columbus Day, I guess because it’s a public holiday. I love ministry and often  [ Read More ]

PRAY!

Posted by secondchurch on October - 5 - 2017

THOUGHTS FROM PASTOR MARK “In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” — Mahatma Gandhi If you are like me, you are struggling with your prayer life – if you have a prayer life. Between the massacre in Las Vegas this week  [ Read More ]

A Snippet from a Loaves and Fishes Sermon

Posted by secondchurch on September - 20 - 2017

What I think happened is that these people had a long day. They couldn’t manage to get out of Jesus what they wanted, which scripture says was healing, so the disciples said if you sit down and be quiet for long enough, you’ll get what you came for. My guess  [ Read More ]

MAYBE

Posted by secondchurch on July - 26 - 2017

THOUGHTS FROM PASTOR MARK “Although we love the idea of choice – our culture almost worships it – we seek refuge in the familiar and the comfortable.” — Hugh Mackay The last year or so has been touch and go with our dog, Abby. When she turned age 17, we  [ Read More ]

THE GREAT EXPERIMENT

Posted by secondchurch on July - 20 - 2017

THOUGHTS FROM PASTOR MARK “Part of the elasticity that you need, in order to continue to try to create, is the foregone conclusion that not all of it is going to be fabulously successful. But it’s all going to be part of a long lifetime body of experimentation.” — Elizabeth  [ Read More ]

UNITED

Posted by secondchurch on June - 28 - 2017

THOUGHTS FROM PASTOR MARK “God’s dream is that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness, and for compassion.” — Desmond Tutu  The United Church of Christ is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. 1967 is the  [ Read More ]

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 ]