Holiday Boutique Sale

Holiday Boutique Sale

The Annual Faith Holiday Boutique will be held on Saturday, November 11, from 9AM to 3PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Handmade craft items along with baked goods will be available.  Hope to see you there.
What the Bible Really Says About…Race

What the Bible Really Says About…Race

The miscommunications American corporations make when they move into foreign cultures are legendary.  When Coca-Cola expanded into China, it wanted to use a symbol that phonetically represented the sound of its name.  Sales were small, to begin with since the new campaign was built on the slogan: “Bite the wax tadpole.” Frank Perdue wasn’t clear on Spanish idiom and his famous phrase “It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken” became the disturbing claim “It takes a virile man to make a chicken affectionate.” It doesn’t require a different language for people not to be able to understand each other.  Accent and idiom can be confusing.  When we moved to Canada in my childhood, I thought they were calling our lunch boxes “chew bags.”  It turned out everyone took off their outdoor boots at school and put on indoor footwear, so you needed to carry a “shoe bag”. Even Americans, born and bred, have trouble understanding one another –especially across the space of race.  African Americans say “black lives matter” and White Americans hear “some lives matter more than others.”  “Affirmative action” sounds like “access” to most minorities and “discrimination” to some of the majority. The differences that are apparent between us – whether they are based on national origin, regional accent, ethnicity, or race, however, that is defined–provoke strong, divergent and problematic reactions.  That has been as true in the history of the Christian church as anywhere. The Bible says that God created the peoples of the earth – all the various peoples of the earth.  But our responses to our differences has often led to...