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Sex & Sexuality A Church-wide Discussion

Life is full, isn’t it?  Often, in a good way.  It’s good to work hard, it’s good to occupy your time and energy with family life, to volunteer hours in the community, to maintain the home God’s given you.  But that leaves many of us sleep-deprived and a little the worse for wear.  And here’s another side effect of our busy-ness:  sometimes we have very little time or mental space to think, to have substantive conversations about important things, to

A Few Thoughts from Sean and Claire Transitioning-Part 2

Today we continue our reflections on transitioning and are excited to introduce you to our new home. As we’ve thought about leaving New Life, one of the things that is deeply meaningful to us is knowing that we go with your prayers. Our hope is that those prayers might extend beyond us to become prayers for the city of Portland, its surrounding region, and for Christ the Redeemer Presbyterian Church (CTR). When we think of our leaving, we see it

A Few Thoughts from Sean & Claire Transitioning – Part 1

It is hard to believe that it was almost four weeks ago now that we were sitting at home on Saturday doing what we always do when we don’t know what to do –Google.  We knew that the next day we would have to tell you, those who have been the flesh and bone of our “family” life, that God was calling us to a new horizon of ministry in Portland, ME.  So there we sat Google-ing: “how do we

Paul Miller’s, A Loving Life – A Must Read

Greetings from sunny Florida (it actually rained all day yesterday, but compared to Philly weather I can’t complain). Once we settled in for a few weeks break, one of my first projects was to read Paul Miller’s latest book, A Loving Life-In a World of Broken Relationships. I confess I did this out of personal loyalty to Paul and appreciation for his ministry, but what I encountered was a powerful and penetrating study of love that affected me deeply. The

Doing Church, Part 2: The Word

Some years back I remember Tim Stiemann, now a pastor in Houston, teaching our kids a song:  “I am the church, you are the church; we are the church together.”  This is pretty advanced theology.  “The church is not a building,” the song says.  It’s not an institution, either, and it does not consist in a short list of leaders.  It really is all of us, every one, those who feel important and those who don’t.  Kids and teenagers too:

Repent Right Now

“We are very pleased to be able to pass along this challenging word from Dr. D. Clair Davis. Dr. Davis is Emeritus Professor of Church History at Westminster Seminary (and the father of our own Marc and Erik Davis). He was part of New Life from its earliest days and will be the preacher for our Missions Sunday on March 16. We welcome his wisdom and will welcome his word from our pulpit.”  – Steve Smallman Isn’t it wonderful to have your own

Doing Church, Part 1: Prayer

You know that New Life Church is down a pastor or two these days. Some of you have expressed concern for me in our current shorthanded situation–I appreciate it. But I believe that, in God’s providence, the departure of leaders can be a very good opportunity for all of us who remain to grow in our understanding and practice of “doing church” together. This is potentially a good season of reminder to all of us that the church is not

New Life is Forty Years Old in 2014

Where were you in 1974? Many of you weren’t born yet. But in Jenkintown and Abington God was stirring the pot and bringing to birth a baby church we now know as New Life Presbyterian Church of  Glenside. If you are part of New Life Glenside, you are part of a church that has impacted the world, and the reality is that the impact is in the present, not just the past. Forty seems to be the biblical timeframe for

Encouragement from Rose Marie Miller

This is the text of the remarks Rose Marie brought to us in Sunday morning worship on December 29, 2013.  We wanted to make these available to everyone to read over again slowly. – Marc Davis Your elders have asked me to say a few words perhaps to help us understand how the church moves forward at a time like this. So thank you for this opportunity. It was a shock to all of us when we heard that God

Welcome to the New Life Blog

This week we are beginning a column that we hope will serve to strengthen communication between pastors and congregation. Marc, Sean and I, with occasional guests, will try to write something “extra” each week that you will find helpful in terms of your personal life or your understanding of what is going on in our church. For your part we hope you will take the few minutes necessary to read, reflect on what we say, and when appropriate write us