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Sinning like A Christian

Sinning like A Christian

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter March 21, 2019

Our Lenten muse for the past few weeks has been Will Willimon’s “Sinning Like A Christian.” Willimon examines the 7 Deadly Sins of pride, envy, anger, sloth, greed, gluttony, and lust. Our conversation around the Family Night tables has been both comic and meaningful.

A Winding Walk & A Ponderous Path

A Winding Walk & A Ponderous Path

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter February 21, 2019

The season after Epiphany invited us to see the world with adventurous and amateur eyes, both. During these weeks we have been spiritually challenged by the biblical stories to experience the ordinary world in a new way. Wise Men taught us to look for stars, signs, and symbols to guide our journey. Jesus modeled what happens we cast our life in line with everybody else and wander into the wilderness to find our way. These texts have encouraged us to follow Jesus through the ordinariness of our lives toward something new.

Write a new list

Write a new list

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter December 20, 2018

We need new lists.

No, not additional lists. Lists abound in the Christmas season. "To do" lists describe the many things that must happen at work in order to make it to your kids Christmas play on time. "To purchase" lists enumerate just how many presents to buy and for whom. Grocery lists curate how many Christmas hams to purchase and help organize our cupboards and counters when company comes over for Christmas. Even Santa's list names who is naughty and who is nice. We need a new list. Something that names what happens next!

Second Week of Advent

Second Week of Advent

 Deacons

Deacons

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter November 8, 2018

This Sunday we will call seven people from the pews of Highland Hills to serve as deacons for a three-year term. The role of deacon arose in the first days of the early church as that community expanded the need for more servants arose so that all people could be served. Out of the many followers, seven were called.

Tikkun Olam and Blessings for the End of the World

Tikkun Olam and Blessings for the End of the World

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter November 1, 2018

Last week a gunman entered the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. He shouted hateful rhetoric and killed worshipers in a 20-minute attack.

The world seems broken beyond repair. It’s enough to make you want to despair and disengage and not even try. The regularity of events like this desensitize us to the horror and seems to normalize their occurrence.

Everyday Costumes

Everyday Costumes

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter October 25, 2018

Leaves are falling, and the temperature is finally dropping, at least to "tolerable." In this season for fall festivals, carnivals, costumes, and capes, there are serious decisions to be made: what costume will I wear? Be glad we are in Georgia... Historically some towns have enacted Halloween laws. In Alabama, you might get cited for dressing in costume as a member of the clergy... So, no priest, nun, rabbi, or Jake costumes if you are visiting relatives in the Yellowhammer State.

On the Table Was No Joke

On the Table Was No Joke

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter October 11, 2018

A pastor, a rabbi, an Imam, a teacher, an inmate, an educator, a publisher, a CEO and a college student walk into a house of worship.That isn't the beginning of joke, but a report from this week's "On the Table" event. Highland Hills opened our Great Room to have a conversations that matters. Tables all around Macon gathered fellow citizens to a common table.