Monday Morning Reflections

Forgiving the Virus

Peter came and said to Jesus, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. Matthew 18:21-22 So I’m still on my Summer Olympics...

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Reflection

Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.. Romans 8:5 During this time of stress upon stress, there has been much concern about the delayed...

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Love and Knowledge

And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that on the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus...

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Shifting Gears

The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. Mark 6:30-31 I feel like we...

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Knowing Your Intercultural Competence

I have become all things to all people, so that I might by any means save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings. 1 Corinthians 9:22b-23 Last week I wrote about the new groups we are launching this summer. The first groups,...

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Processing the Pandemic

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 I always loved this statement from our then-Stated Clerk of the PC(USA), Gradye...

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Faith Persevering

You have turned my mourning into dancing;you have taken off my sackclothand clothed me with joy,so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever. Psalm 30:11-12 This last weekend marked Juneteenth (now a national...

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Delayed, Not Canceled

For the love of God is this, that we obey God’s commandments. And God’s commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. 1 John 5:3-4 Our next Presbytery meeting comes this...

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The Opposite of Reparations

“Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” Mark 12:43b-44 We are...

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Wendy S. Tajima
Executive Presbyter

Wendy has a creative, spiritual and prophetic way of seeing the world that offers deep insights for practical living. She believes the Church is renewed from the edges, not the center, when those who’ve been marginalized are embraced.