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Blog Entry | Blogs > By Glen Schmucker It’s time to do some banking today. The nice thing is that I don’t have to take time out of my schedule to go to the bank. I can do it all with my smart phone. I’ll take a picture of the checks, tap a button and it’s done. That’s not including the fact that I don’t ever see my paycheck. I just get a notice that my company paid me via direct deposit. Unless I go to the bank and withdraw cash, I’ll ne»
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By Glen Schmucker Some people go to conventions to attend the convention. I go to see old friends. I’ll stick my head into this or that breakout session now and then. But the last few years, I’ve learned so much more that happiness is something to believe, something to do and someone to love. At a recent convention, it was so good to see so many friends, so energizing and life-giving. One of those old friends was Scott, who has worked for Buc»
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By Glen Schmucker She wanted to know if she could be baptized – again.  It’s not the strangest request I ever faced as a pastor.  In fact, it was heart-wrenching. Strange is what happened to my dear friend, Bud.  The widow asked if he would sing “Jingle Bells” at her husband’s graveside service.  “It was one of my husband’s favorite Christmas songs,” she said.  Bud, as always, was so very gracious.  He wanted to accommodate»
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By Glen Schmucker Someone once asked an elderly black minister what he tended to pray about most as his life grew closer to the end.  The old gentleman thought for a moment and then said, “I pray for three things.  I pray that my body won’t outlive my mind.  I pray that I won’t outlive all of my mourners.  And, I pray that I won’t drown in shallow waters.” It’s those shallow waters that are the trickiest part and the only part of»
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In our new neighborhood, we drove by what must be a multi-million dollar estate several times before we discovered it to be a Mormon Tabernacle. I wasn’t aware so many Mormons live in this city. It is amazing how quickly we can slip into seeing the world through the lens of our very narrow experience. Who else from foreign theological territory inhabits our neighborhood? From those I see in the grocery store, it would appear that some of the»
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When I nearly died in the summer of 2007, the first thing I remember when coming out of a coma was that young resident leaning over me, grasping my hand, pleading with me to grasp his. For days, the doctors had been trying to get me to wake up. I didn’t know until later that they feared that the virus that had decimated my liver had also attacked my brain, all but insuring my death. Nancy had to hear all that and just stand by. All I remembe»
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The moments we actually grasp the meaning of the unconditional love of God “have a shelf life of about eight to ten seconds.”  We should “savor those moments when” such grace appears, says David Roche, pastor of the Church of 80% Sincerity (Anne Lamott, Plan B).  I agree.  For me, holding onto grace is like grasping the proverbial greased pig.  After chasing it around in something I’m writing or singing, in a field of Pacific-blue s»
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Glen Schmucker looks at the arrival of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2 and sees a reminder of the way God often works — through his pe»
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The gift of the Holy Spirit allowed the early church to accomplish much, and the Spirit is still at work today.
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Too often Christians set out to act before intently listening to God for his leading.