Katie Kinnison

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Teach the Children Well

What should children learn in church? When should they learn? In what kind of settings? Are we talking content -- which bible stories, the Lord’s Prayer, what it means to be Presbyterian, etc. -- or are we talking life skills that will help them practice their faith -- prayer, meditation, service, stewardship,or reading the bible well.?
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How to Face the Day

When we numb ourselves to pain, we also -- without meaning to --numb ourselves to joy.
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The Salvation of Forgiveness

We are commanded to forgive for our own benefit and for the health of the world.
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Growing Me

"You can't make a bean plant grow by pulling on it." --Murray Bowen This little plant will grow to nurture others if it receives all that it needs....
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Grace 101

And when all is said and done, the score cards that tallied up our points for being good and demerits for being bad are not what it is all about. Our home has been in the very heart of God every second of our existence.
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Don't Judge Me

It is true that judging others is especially bad because we tend to project our flaws on others and run around with logs in our own eyes, foolishly trying to remove toothpicks from the eyes of others. Judging others is destructive. We need to look to our own behavior and state of being, rather than tear down others.
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Two Marys and the Impossible

Earlier this month we had a special speaker come to Covenant. Dr. Mary Mikhael, from the presbytery of Lebanon and Syria, came to speak to us about what is happening in ...
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Good Sex and Spiritual Things

I believe the Church has failed horribly in the whole realm of sexuality.
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A Child's Communion

Merciful God, send now, in kindness, your Holy Spirit to settle on this bread and wine and fill them with the fullness of Jesus. And let that same Spirit rest on us, converting us from the patterns of this passing world, until we conform to the shape of him whose food we now share. Amen.
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Struck Blind

I am working the scriptures to get ready for Sunday. It’s this thing we do when we preach. We pray and we read and we pray and we read and we look up the Greek and check out some commentaries and remember that thing we read once and we pray and we read . We try to think of the connections between the text at hand -- the bit of letter or that one story -- to our lives, to your lives, to Life.
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True Courage

Maybe brave people face their fear and deal with it in a way that doesn’t cause them to run screaming, spreading their fear to all they meet. Maybe brave people take their fear into themselves and figure it out and process it and get help to move through the terror into something new.
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The Question

How is your Lent going? This is a season of self-reflection, of taking your spiritual pulse, of telling the truth about your life.
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The Dubious Rose

We need to know when things are dead, and it is time to move on or dig up or let go.
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Katie Preaching to Herself

Okay, I am going to preach myself a sermon. Are you ready? You can eavesdrop. Maybe it will be for you, too.
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Thank God It's Good Friday

Because we all know the end of the story -- the end and the beginning and the middle. We know that God is love, that nothing can stop God from loving, that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord.
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Lenten Lessons

I've failed in my Lenten sacrifices. Those actions/behaviors that I don't like about myself keep creeping back and I can't seem to fight back.
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Honoring Our Connections

Is it possible that love is the answer, that all the world needs is love, that love will keep us together? We need a new vision of love, one that can happen in Congress, on the campaign trail, on city streets and highways.
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Our Children

Aren't you utterly amazed by children? At Covenant we want to do our part in supporting children and their families. We know that each of us is a gift from God to the world. While that may sound like a hallmark card, real love takes commitment and time and energy and hard work. Over the years, we have put in the work to get better and better at serving children and their families.
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Choosing Life Instead: The Confessions of a Christ-Loving Consumer

I do consume, but I am not defined by that. I am not what I buy. I am a child of God alive in the flow of Love. Forget rampant consumerism; I choose another way.
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Sharper Than a Two Edged Sword

Should the bible still have a privileged place among Christians?
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