If you’re a member of the social media site, Facebook, you may have noticed a video pop up on your feed over the month titled, “Year in Review. Facebook took your photos and posts to capture 2016 in a nutshell for every one of its users. As I reviewed these videos, it was clear that […]

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Pastor Emily Hartner: Before the invention of readers and iPads, when books came in paper form with pages that sometimes smelled musty and you could underline things with real ink and use a real highlighter to mark what you wanted to remember, when the term “page turner” had a literal meaning, I frequently read the […]

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Pastor Emily Hartner: Well, here we are on the other side. The presidential campaign has come to completion, the election is over, you didn’t move to Canada on Wednesday after all, and, come January, we will have a new President of the United States of America. Last week, I told you that, whatever happened this […]

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Pastor Emily Hartner: Well, finally, we’re coming to the end of this 2016 presidential campaign. If you’re like me, you voted early, with the hopes of getting it over with as quickly as possible. The anxiety level in this country is high, and I’ve heard more than one person vow to move to Canada come […]

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Pastor Emily Hartner: Do you remember the first time you felt as if your prayers had been answered? For me, it happened on a girl scout camping trip. It had been raining for days, which was making the trip miserable. As I lay in my tent in the middle of the day, staring at the […]

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Pastor Emily Hartner: I want you to imagine, for a moment, that you are an Israelite. Your people’s story includes being chosen by God as God’s special people, and being led out of slavery in Egypt. You and your family have been following Moses in the wilderness for about 40 years, which is long enough […]

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Pastor Emily Hartner: What does it take to change someone’s behavior? I mean, really change it–for good? Does it take the threat of punishment? The promise of a reward? Many times, yes, it does. You take something away for bad behavior–cell phone use, a late curfew, the willingness to engage in conversation with someone who’s […]

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Pastor Emily Hartner: When I studied abroad in college, and lived in another family’s home for four months, one of the first things I noticed was a piece of paper tacked to the back of my bedroom door. Though the family never mentioned it directly, the paper was titled “Rules of the House,” and clearly […]

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Pastor Emily Hartner Several years ago, long after I had been away at college and seminary, years after Ian and I had gotten married and moved into our first apartment, I found the perfect greeting card to send to my parents. I don’t remember what occasion it supposedly celebrated, but on the front it showed […]

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Pastor Emily Hartner: When I was twenty years old, during the summer before my senior year of college, I traveled to France for two weeks by myself. I had received a grant to conduct research for my senior thesis, but the grant only provided enough money to make it possible—airfare, inexpensive student lodging, cheap meals—and […]

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