News Notes: Chinese Bibles and Empty Tombs

Screenshot 2019-07-11 at 7.50.56 PMI thought about writing a post yesterday on the possible Bible shortage. Sometimes with news events, though, I figure everyone has the same access to television newscasts and articles on the internet that I do. But life is busy and sometimes I miss some pretty big headlines myself. So here’s a couple of things you may or may not have heard about. Continue reading

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Saturday Doubletake

On the weekend we like to review the past week, make sure we didn’t miss anything, tie up some loose ends. We haven’t settled on a title but my wife has suggested deja vu, which literally translates to “already seen.” That makes sense but it’s just so French. The floor is still open for nominations.

  • Happy Monday was filled with coffee memes, verses of scripture, inspiring quotes and funny cartoons, per the usual. In honor of law enforcement everywhere who put in long hours and did not take any vacation days this week we are pleased to share this story again:

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More Together, Part II

This is the second half of a two parter. Click here if you have not read Part I.

The Gordon County Christian Ministerial Alliance (formerly the Gordon County Ministers Association) is a collaborative effort of a few local church pastors. Some will automatically be offended by anything that suggests ecumenical but what I wrote yesterday applies; we can do more working together than against each other. Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian pastors feel the same pressures and isolation. While we may be able to function as individuals we can thrive as members of a society, an organization. Is your church not enough? It’s not about that. The church is something a pastor pours into. Being part of a collaborative effort allows ministry leaders the same connections and opportunities as church members have in the body. I don’t want to use a cliche like synergy but it conveys what I mean in this case. There are members on paper we don’t see very often but the core of the group is one Baptist pastor, two Methodist pastors, one Methodist minister of music, one Presbyterian pastor, one Seventh Day Adventist pastor, one hospital chaplain and currently two ladies that represent another Methodist church and the local Episcopal church. We differ in our theology in ways there are secondary to our main goal which is bringing the Gospel into our community. When we make more of Christ and less of ourselves we can work together in spite of our differences. Continue reading

More Together, Part I

“We are stronger together than we are alone.” -Walter Payton

There’s a whole other story about researching that quote; maybe another post, maybe we can catch it on Saturday. We are stronger together than we are alone. There are multiple case studies that show people work better as part of a team (this article lists seven). I am blessed to take part in a couple of different groups outside of my church that directly relate to what we do as pastors and ministers. I often write in terms that are very general so that as many people can relate but in this case I will be oddly specific and share some personal details. The larger point, though, will still be made: We need to work together and be invested in others, for our benefit as well as theirs. Continue reading

Still Need a Title

Hindsight is 20/20, Doubletake, Week in Review, It Happened This Week… Help me out here blog readers. Pick one of these or suggest a better title. I’m serious, please throw me a line here. Saturday/ review? rewind? flashback? flashdance? At any rate it has been a full week in the real life of Clark Bunch. Here are the highlights.

Martha Knighton w DudleyDudley Morris is an old college friend that I work with a couple of days each week. If you listen to the Unity sermons you’ve probably heard me mention his name. He is a vision rehab therapist. Pictured with Dudley is Martha Knighton. She is an actress that you may have seen on screen or in print ads over the past 30 or 40 years. She appeared in The Internship and shared a scene with David Spade in the Netflix film The Do-Over. She will appear in a new project this fall that I don’t know if I can talk about yet; but after it airs I will link back to this post and say “That’s what I was (not) talking about!” We had the chance to visit her in her home near Atlanta on Monday and take her to her favorite restaurant… Burger King. Continue reading

I Dropped the Ball

I would never intentionally lie especially in print where my words could be copied, pasted and used against me. So two things have come to my attention that I said I was going to do then immediately forgot about.

1. Father’s Day was last week. Tuvia Pollack shared an interesting fact on Twitter the next day that I meant to be included in Happy Monday. I asked his permission then mentioned on Saturday that it would be. So here it is:

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Hindsight Being What It Is

Last month I tried to start something new, a weekend wrap-up of the week’s events. It was a combination of things I had blogged and events from real life that never made it into blog posts. I could not land on a title I liked and went with Doubletake because I needed something. I predicted that post would either become a regular feature or be the one and only. I would still like to pursue that concept but the title still needs work. And since we haven’t posted anything but Happy Monday there are no blog posts to recap.

IRL I have been catching up on what should be routine auto maintenance. I have recently replaced brake pads and rotors on our Chevy HHR. I have also replaced one brake caliper, spark plugs, engine air filter, changed the oil, oil filter, replaced the serpentine belt and bought four new tires. I can’t say for sure how many miles the belt had on it but I am certain it was at least 164,000 miles over the past four years. I have the top and bottom radiator hoses and new Dexcool but haven’t got to that job yet. Maybe this weekend.

That’s my handwriting, I guess I’ll take my word for it.

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