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Click here to read Chris Keating’s Faith Perspectives columns from the St.  Louis Post Dispatch. 

Super Bowls, Super Faith!

Pass the wings, and praise the Lord: it’s Super Bowl Sunday in America! No other event brings our divided nation together like the Super Bowl. It’s a mashup between extreme athleticism and mass merchandising. And since the Kansas City Chiefs will be on the ticket, we...

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Our hearts are broken

Dear friends: This past weekend, a student from Lafayette High School died as the result of suicide. The student has many connections to Woodlawn Chapel and our immediate neighborhood, though the family are part of a different congregation. I know that the school has...

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Anxious about church I can’t find it now, but a week or so ago I saw a posting in a neighborhood group on Facebook from someone who was searching for a church. While they weren’t picky about denominations or theology, they have one request: the church needed to have a...

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One Sunday – Two Opportunities!

Don’t miss these two great opportunities on Reformation Sunday, October 27 at Woodlawn Chapel! Join us following worship for our traditional apple pie making! You’ll be able to make a pie to take home and bake, as well as help us make pies for our Thanks & Giving...

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Something terrible happened

Something awful appeared on the Internet the other evening. Well, awful is a bit of an overstatement. Let’s settle on surprising. Something surprising greeted me on the Internet the other evening. Glancing through Facebook, I was confronted by a photograph of our...

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Crossing bridges of faith

Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others Barbara Brown Taylor, HarperOne, 2019. Review by Chris Keating  Barbara Brown Taylor and I have a delightful arrangement. She writes books, and I read them. She is unaware of this arrangement, though I know many others...

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Rediscovering Mother’s Day

There once was a church that decided the best way to celebrate Mother’s Day was to invite the pastor’s wife to preach the sermon and to include other women as worship leaders. I might point out that primary proponent of this idea was the pastor. He thought it was a...

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Feeling the sting

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” Misty clouds are trying to block the afternoon sunlight, but now and then the sun finds a way to poke through the clouds. Signs of spring are working their way through the muddy mush of the ground’s...

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Searching for answers after violence

Orginally posted at By Chris Keating  After the shooting ends, the questions begin.  News of the shootings at two New Zealand mosques blew into our lives Friday like the bitter gusts of wind which swept through St. Louis recently. The violence...

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