The Good News of Love

Gather around as we celebrate
    the gospel of the risen Christ.
We’re ready to spread
    the gospel to those across
      the globe and here in Condon.

The Good News of the risen Christ
with its abundance of love is for all
We’re not ashamed of the gospel! (1)

It is God’s own power for salvation
to all who have faith in God. (1)
It was shared first with Jesus’ own
    people, the Jews,
        then the Gentiles, and
            then “all the nations”.

God’s righteousness is revealed
through the gospel. (1)
Praise be for the gospel,
    which guides us in our
         faithfulness and our faith.

Let us worship.
Let us worship the source of
     life-giving love!

Praise be to God!
Praise be to the One!


(1) Direct phrases in this element come from the Common English Bible and are Copyright © 2011 by Common English Bible

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Tim strives to share God’s extravagant love for all–no matter what & without strings. Seeking to follow the lure of the Spirit, Tim writes about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in an era where Christianity has come to be associated with hatred and political wedge issues. “Heinous things have been said & done (& still are) in the name of the One who breathed in the Divine,” notes Tim, “but Jesus shows us that God loves extravagantly.” Following the teachings and life of Jesus is about inclusion not exclusion. It is about compassion, grace, and admitting no one has all the answers. It is about responding lovingly to the best of our human ability. It is about people not institutions. It is about social justice. It is about caring for creation. It is about being who we were each created to be. Tim is a former early childhood educator, a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, father of two adult children and their spouses, and a grandfather of four perfect grandchildren. Tim serves as Senior Pastor of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Albany, Oregon. He writes from home, from the coffee shop, and wherever the trail leads him.

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