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On Track With Jack: Week of the Ministry


I greet you in the hope-inspiring name of our Savior, Jesus Christ!
 
As you know, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will observe the “Week of the Ministry, from October 13-20, 2013. This is an annual celebration that for 80 years has run across the entire church. Perhaps your congregation or ministry setting has participated in ...




Hello PA Disciple!
 
I hope you have had a great summer, and that you are poised to enter fall with graceful anticipation.
 
Just as changing colors of leaves is an annual expectation during fall, so is the need for congregations to prepare for homecoming celebrations, fall festivals, honoring those in ministry, nominating leaders for next ...


God be with you. Thank you and greetings to you all. It’s good to be in this place with you, and I am grateful to have you as my audience for one of my first public event statements since my call to serve this Region.

I want to use some of this time to give a word of public thanks to the Rev. Dr. William B. Allen, in his absence, for his
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We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord...


On Track with Jack - September 15, 2012




Dear Pennsylvania Disciple:

Like you, I was deeply saddened and outraged over the horrific violence which claimed the lives of United States' personnel who staffed our nation's consulate in Libya and for the related violence that has rocked our embassy in Egypt and United States' interests other countries as well. While news stories have ...


Let’s face it: We’re living our faith during some anxious times for the church. Loss of members, unclear identity, and dwindling finances are rocking the collective world of Christians who share faith and space in church settings. As we experience the increasing discomfort of these seemingly hopeless times, I call us to reclaim the hope...


On Track with Jack - May 18, 2012




Dear PA Disciple:

Let me tell you about two awesome experiences (among many) I have had in recent weeks. The first one was the April 15 Regional youth retreat at Camp Laurelview. While there, I heard great music (with electric guitars and drums!) and listened to rich testimonies of the positive impact the retreats have had on the lives of ...


On Track with Jack - May 11, 2012




Dear PA Disciple:

In the Black Church tradition, the gift of testimony is a time-honored, valued way of sharing faith in God and building the confidence of the saints of God. During worship services, many congregants are given time to stand up and tell the congregation how God brought them through difficult situations, or how God blessed ...


On Track with Jack - April 4, 2012




Dear Pennsylvania Disciple:

In almost every sector of our communities, eyes conditioned by sacred or secular lenses, are focusing on Easter Sunday and all of the joy it brings. Family, fellowship, food, and fashion will serve as the four-fold order of the day for so many, and rightly so as Easter will be the day we celebrate the Resurrection...


Faithful Friday - March 17, 2012




Dear Pennsylvania Disciple,

By now, you know I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio.

As a child, my parents would frequent the part of town where the now famous and respected Cleveland Clinic hospital was located. Back then, "The Clinic" was a major hospital, yet it existed on just a few blocks on the city's east side.

When I moved ...


Faithful Friday - February 24, 2012




Dear Pennsylvania Disciple:

A new favorite quote of mine comes from late African American novelist and playwright James A. Baldwin. I discovered it while reading through some Twitter entries (Yes, I Tweet!). It reads, simply, “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

What this...


Faithful Friday - February 4, 2012




Dear Pennsylvania Disciple:

I am so very happy to have this opportunity to greet you. It is especially meaningful to me to issue a brief word to you on the first Friday of February, the month that we set aside to celebrate and study African American history.

During these initial months of my tenure as Regional Minister and President of ...