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What’s on your mind?

By Pastor Phil Konz | Aug 02
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Preachers often preach “fire and brimstone” sermons. The most famous sermon of the First Great Awakening in America was entitled“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” The Second Great Awakening made frequent use of the mourners’ bench where “sinners” in need of repentance were placed just below the preacher’s podium and they were supposed to…

Pioneer Post – August 2019

By post@pioneerucc.org | Aug 02
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The Cancer of Hate

By post@pioneerucc.org | Jul 01

How do we respond to hate? Can those who hate be appeased, allayed or accepted for who they are? In his classic book on the psychology of social systems, Failure of Nerve, Ed Friedman used the physical systems of our bodies as an extended analogy of the different systems that make up human society. Friedman…

Pioneer Post – July 2019

By post@pioneerucc.org | Jul 01
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Pastor’s Letter

By post@pioneerucc.org | Jun 08

If you grew up like me, you may struggle with the idea of pride as a good thing. I looked up the word recently in my old-fashioned dictionary. Five out of six definitions described pride as a positive thing. The first one, however, made it a synonym of arrogance, a false sense of superiority. For too long…

Pioneer Post – June 2019

By post@pioneerucc.org | Jun 08
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Resurrection Living

By Pastor Phil Konz | May 04
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The entire month of May will be part of the Easter season this year. The understanding is that we cannot celebrate adequately nor fully convey the meaning of the Resurrection in just one day. The Easter season is seven weeks, ending with the celebration of Pentecost. Sometimes I struggle to find words that fully convey…

Pioneer Post – May 2019

By post@pioneerucc.org | May 04
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Remembering Dust, Celebrating Life

By Pastor Phil Konz | Apr 01

At the Ash Wednesday Service I imposed ashes on foreheads using the traditional words, “ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” The next day I realized just how important it is to remember that we are dust when I was found unconscious on the sidewalk outside the church office. While I still do not have a…

Pioneer Post – April 2019

By post@pioneerucc.org | Apr 01