Christmas Services at Discover Church

by Jim Grumbine

Discover Church will present three Special Services December 15, 22, and 29.  The public will be warmly welcomed at each of them. The Glorious Music of Christmas There is nothing like sacred Christmas music.  It lifts the spirit and stimulates the heart and mind to focus on something and some One higher than ourselves – The Savior […]

'Don't Take CHRIST out of Christmas' is Not a Cliché!

by Jim Grumbine

‘Don’t Take CHRIST out of Christmas’ is not a Cliché!  There is an underlying tension between the sacred and the secular at Christmas.  Secularists seek to boil all the multiple year-end holidays down to a common denominator.  Their positions result in the mathematical convenience of compressing ever-increasing religious and quasi-religious elements into the year’s end.  This cultural jambalaya is […]

Calling Brave Students

by Jim Grumbine

Students have this propensity to save the world.  I get that; I was one of those.  In the seventies we thought we were in fact saving the world from hypocrisy, ignorance, and planetary destruction.   We chanted, marched, love and hallucinated our ways into bringing about a New World.  Now my once enlightened classmates seldom chant – but  do sometimes talk to […]

A Letter For Emily

by Jim Grumbine

Emily, I served as your pastor for almost a decade, and in that time I saw you grow from a little girl to a beautiful young woman.  During those years I grew to regard you in a very special light – more as a member of my own family than a parishioner.  You visited our […]

Plastic Hippos In The Pool (or: We Evangelicals should listen better.)

by Jim Grumbine

I confess: I am an incurable watcher of documentaries.  Of course this places me at odds with my family who, probably with  justification object to viewing sixty-minute chunks of film on reptiles, the bubonic plague or the life of fungi.  So rarely do these offerings contain any dramatic or comedic content that the eyes of the […]

Looking for a Non-denominational Church?

by Jim Grumbine

These days many people who search for churches seek out non-denominational settings.  The reasons seem to boil down to just a few:  There is the expectation that non-denominational churches are not encumbered by the ‘baggage’ of the history, traditions and internal politics coming from an organized church denomination.  There is also the belief that a non-denominational church […]

Monsters and Mayors

by Jim Grumbine

At his sentencing hearings Ariel Castor incredibly postulated, “I just wanted to clear the record that I am not a monster.”  The record seems clear that he is.  Additional verbose meanderings from his lips indicated a mind not much informed by reality. In fact, this was a week for the weirdly ridiculous:  A ‘virtual’ exhibitionist insisted he would seek the […]

Running With Bulls

by Jim Grumbine

The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain is the most famous of the many traditional ‘bull runs’ held each year in towns across Portugal and Spain.  As usual, the news media gave us a visual snippet of the annual half-mile event, and updated reports of the current year’s ‘accidents’.  No one died this year, but several persons […]

D.O.M.A. ~ G.L.B.T. ~ B.I.B.L.E.

by Jim Grumbine

Today the Supreme Court of the United States struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.  Many persons who prefer to identify and define themselves by their sexual choices were overjoyed.  The Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transgender Community celebrated.  One member of this Community stated that he could now “marry the man he loved”.  Another one indicated that he’d finally become a […]

Job Asks The Biggest Questions

by Jim Grumbine

In our Wednesday Prayer and Bible Exploration at 7:00 pm we are beginning to study the Old Testament book of Job.  Considered by many Bible scholars to be a contemporary of Abraham, Job probably lived his life as a tribal chieftain in the region which later came to be known as Edom (think the Petra […]