Witnessing Community by Michael Plank

Not one person has called me to say they want to join our gym because they’re looking for a community.  They come looking for a physical transformation.  Those transformations are powerful to see.  In the last year alone, we had one woman who had struggled with Diabetes for years who was finally able to completely get off her insulin pump.  We had another woman who broke her back in an accident 17 … [Read more...]

Surrender Worship Youth Ministry at Brunswick Church by Kim Deal

"So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up..." ~Ephesians 4:11-12 What is Surrender Worship Ministry? The Surrender Worship Ministry Team is a group of high school students who gather weekly to plan and lead worship services at Brunswick Church, Troy, NY.  … [Read more...]

Parallels New Worshiping Community in Albany Presbytery by Tim Coombs

A question that is often asked in Bible studies featuring a story Jesus told is “What is a parable?”  There are many answers to this question; some more insightful than others.  The best answer I have heard came from storyteller Donald Davis during a keynote at a Festival Gathering of the Network of Biblical Storytellers. According to Donald, a parable, is any story that is laid beside or parallel … [Read more...]

A Theology of Drumming by Frances Wattman Rosenau

On our first practice, we gathered with enthusiasm and eagerness but not really sure what would happen in the course of our journey. We met our instructor and got our first introduction to the drums. He began the first lesson showing us three different ways to hit the drum to produce different sounds. Apparently there are a total of five, but he has yet to show us the other two. At first, mine all … [Read more...]