• Bible Studies

    The Trinity

    “Augustine said that anyone who denies the Trinity is in danger of losing his salvation, and anyone who tries to understand it is in danger of losing his mind.” The Kingdom of God is like There are none of the metaphors and similes about the Trinity that we see in the teaching of Jesus about the Kingdom. There are just statements that are to be taken as both facts and mysteries. He never takes the disciples aside to explain, “I and the Father are one” or “If you have seen me you have seen the Father.” It is a Fact with a capital F. It is a Truth that cannot…

  • Fred's Blog

    The Promise

    “God gives a man riches, property and wealth so that he lacks nothing that his heart desires, yet God does not enable him to enjoy the fruit of his labor.  Instead, someone else enjoys it!” Ecclesiastes 6:2 My first reaction to the “Giving Pledge” by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates was mixed. On the one hand I was encouraged to see so many who had spent their lives accumulating wealth  power and influence making pledges to give the majority of their assets to philanthropy in their lifetime. I don’t know if it was a reaction to the wild media response or the sheer flamboyance of the venture that…

  • Bible Studies

    The Work of The Church: Ephesians 4:1-16

    1.  Last week we looked at Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit. We looked at the ten days between the Ascension and Pentecost and saw the nature of the church without the power of the Holy Spirit. What was it like? It was a praying church. All of them prayed. There was not Wednesday night prayer meeting. There were no prayer warriors. The whole meeting was prayer and the prayer room was the only room. They were all together all the time and in prayer. The church was of one mind. They were first-rate examples of Paul’s command to the Corinthians, “Be of one mind.” They were held…

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  • Fred's Blog

    The Storm Surge of Cash

    Millions of Americans and a fair number of Gathering participants are going to respond to the immediate needs of the Philippines through Twitter, Facebook, text donations, appeals from scores of well-known relief organizations, and more than a few scams that proliferate after every disaster. Years from now even many of the better-known organizations (like the American Red Cross) will be either holding millions of dollars in unspent money or, worse, will have used the money on projects completely unrelated to the original appeal. Months after Superstorm Sandy, a third of the $303 million the Red Cross raised specifically for storm victims will be either unspent or misspent. Years after the…

  • Fred's Blog

    The Shade of a Father

    When I was young people would say to me "It must be difficult growing up in the shadow of your father." Yes it was. It was not until years later that I understood there is a difference between the "shade" of a father and the shadow. While there were struggles that were painful to us both about my being "Jr. ” the advantages gradually eclipsed the difficulties ” and today I am grateful for the shade of wisdom my father provided. Years ago I asked him to reflect on giving. While he had practiced giving all his life” I had never seen anything in writing. On one of our several…

  • Talks

    Introduction for Dr. Sasha Vukelja – Cancer Foundation for Life

    It is not often I have the opportunity to introduce someone for whom I care as much as I do Sasha. I can think of few people who years ago were less likely to be honored here tonight than Sasha. It’s not the honor that surprises me because by the arc of her life from an early age you would know she would lead a life worth honoring. It’s not the honor but our good fortune in her being here to receive it. What are the odds that a young girl speaking no English moving from place to place would find her way to this community in America so many…

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