Ponderings from Philip Gulley

On November 2 and 3 we had the opportunity to hear from the Rev. Philip Gulley, Quaker pastor and author, during his visit to Otterbein. He shared his unique brand of storytelling with us, blending wisdom and humor in a variety of ways. During a time of Q&A, one...

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Hey, Hey, Anybody Listening?

Years ago, I was serving a congregation and I will never forget one Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost is considered the birthday of the church. The time the Holy Spirit rested on the people after Jesus ascended. The life of the Church began. So, I thought I would bring a...

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Body of Christ

Could you use another family? As one of our Lenten anthems, the choir sang a piece in which the phrase, “How beautiful is the body of Christ” as the overwhelming theme. At first glance, one might assume that this means the actual body of Christ our Lord, but further...

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Won’t Ya Be My Neighbor?

50 years ago Rev. Fred Rogers from right here in Pennsylvania, began a T.V. show for children and touched the hearts of many as his message came right into our living rooms. He began with a sweet song about a neighborhood. It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood....

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Is Our Church a Monument or a Movement?

Most of us have our favorites when it comes to monuments. There are those, like Mount Rushmore, created by human hands, and there are those created by nature. Two of my favorites are Bryce Canyon and Arches National Park in Utah. I can't fathom how long it has taken...

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What do chocolate and ashes have in common?

We have completed another advent/ Christmas season. January reminds me of the name sake “Janus” with heads facing back and forward. This is a month we begin looking forward with resolutions and renewed hope. We also look back. This year we have an unusual Lenten...

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Loving Vincent

Who isn’t fascinated by the life of Vincent Van Gogh? Many of us have been moved by the beauty of his art. I saw the animated movie about his death called “Loving Vincent.” It was created with 100 artists working to make his paintings come alive. The post master asked...

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A Sense of Wonder and the Pecking Order

I have been pondering two things I learned from my mother. I remember years ago I came to see my mother after taking a trip to Austria. I went into her second grade classroom with slides of my experience. My mother wanted them to have hands-on learning. Just as I was...

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Flooded with Emotions

As I helplessly watched the constant coverage of devastation of Hurricane Harvey, I was flooded with emotions. As you know I am originally from Southeast Texas. I have family in those areas. It does our heart good when we see so many come out and support those who are...

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Called Back to the Well

I was walking on the Franklin and Marshall College campus when I saw these statues. I am sure any of the locals could have told me who the Franklin and the Marshall were. I just assumed they were names of folks who contributed to the school I found out that was indeed...

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