Each ingredient we pick up on our journey of faith that we find new, or interesting, or surprising, slowly becomes a part of what we believe. We put them into a big pot, located in the warmth of our heart and hearth. Those ingredients simmer together into what I call our own unique theological stew.
Just as a chef shares her favorite recipes, we can share our stews with one another... not critically, not comparatively, or to prove that our stew tastes the best- but to add to the richness and flavor of the community crock pot.
The sermons are organized by scripture passage- a giant pantry of sorts... I hope to get a "by title" page going, but for now, it's kind of pot luck :) Click for Sermons
Food For Thought (blog)
Meals are always better with hearty conversation! Just as you would go to an old friend's house for dinner, I invite you to pull up a chair, grab a plate and join in! But please, remember your table manners.... no one wants indigestion ;) Blog Discussion
Although stew is finally spiced to taste, here are some basic ingredients that go into my everyday recipe: Prayer & Meditation Lectio Divina, Contemplative Prayer, and other spiritual disciplines (varies by season) The Bible- I generally use the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) From time to time rely on The Message for a more mellow flavor, Contemporary English Version (CEV) and The New Living Translation (NLT) if I am looking for extra color Finally, to keep it all organized somewhere- a Journal
Here are some things that have flavored my stew recently...
Life of the Beloved, by Henri Nouwen Women, Food and God, by Geneen Roth The Scapegoat, by Rene Girard Jesus and the Drama of Salvation, Raymund Schwager Mostly Everything Frederick Buechner ever wrote :)
Rev. Linda Pepe is the Pastor of
First Baptist Church of Moorestown, NJ. www.fbcmoorestown.org She is passionate about helping people embrace God's unconditional love and acceptance. Email: LAPepe@aol.com