Love that Binds Coyote, Tadpole, & Humanity Together

We believe in God.
   God who created each of us in the divine image.
   God who loves our neighbors and our enemies as fully as us.

We trust in the love that binds
   human being to human being.
The love that connects freezing fog,
the coyote, the tadpole of spring, and
even the tiniest microbe to us and to you.

We trust in the grace revealed
through Jesus the Christ.
We believe in your goodness and
desire for all of your creation
         to live in harmony and peace.

Admitting our failures and faults,
    we pledge anew to
         learn and grow.

We commit our hearts and bodies to
strive into the divinity
         you placed within us.


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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.

Posted in Confession of Sin & Assurance, Statement of Faith

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