Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Reading Scripture in Context

5 Passages Your Pastor Wishes You'd Stop Taking Out of Context
How we get them wrong and what church leaders can do about it.
Kyle Rohane
Chris Maxwell, director of spiritual life and campus pastor at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia, recalls a troubling episode during his pastoral tenure in Orlando: "In March 1996 I almost died of encephalitis. A group of people came to visit me and read Matthew 77:17–18: 'Every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.' For them, admitting I had brain damage and needed medicine was lack of faith. This was the reason I became sick and wasn't being healed. I told them, 'If that caused my sickness I would've been sick long before.'" continue reading >>

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mid-City Christian: "What is Street Corner Care"?

Street Corner Care
Recently we met with and navigated 9 Ladle guests to get
appropriate medical treatment through Street Corner Care.  We are
thankful for this new ministry of First Presbyterian Church!  But many
have asked us, "What is Street Corner Care"?  Street Corner Care aims to
increase access to healthcare for our local urban poor and homeless by
connecting them with volunteer doctors, nurses, psychologists, and
social workers and giving them space to talk about their health
conditions.  The goal is to decrease barriers to care and increase the
depth of our relationships with the homeless community.  This ministry
meets on the courtyard during Ladle twice monthly and assists our guests
with physical, psychological, and spiritual issues.  We are recruiting
doctors, nurses, and social workers!  Please email john.savidge@fpcsd.org for more information.