Dear Pastor Curt

by Kelly Simpson on January 9, 2016
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Dear Pastor Curt, Over the past year, your mandible has often ruled your waking hours. Difficulty chewing, talking, swallowing, and preaching have likely been at the forefront of your mind. Thank you for using your gifts of talking, counseling, preaching, and even chewing (venison anyone?) for our benefit. And thank you for how you fight [...]

Free Parking Outreach!

by Kelly Simpson on October 10, 2015
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“Really? Free? What’s the catch?” Many of you may have a conversation like this next weekend. Thank you to everyone who was able to volunteer to help with parking next weekend for the Community Fest. During the Fest-ivities (see what I did there?) please remember that you are doing more than handing out water bottles [...]

Why Family Night Matters To Me

by Pastor Curt on June 11, 2015
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This Sunday evening, June 14, at 5 PM, OGC will have its second Family Night Member’s Meeting. I wouldn’t dream of missing it. And not just because I’m one of the shepherds of the flock. I’m pretty certain I would make this a priority, if I were a “mere” regular sheep of the fold. Why? [...]

Ride or Shove

by Pastor Curt on April 18, 2015
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I read this today from Oswald Chamber’s Baffled to Fight Better: Job and the Problem of Suffering: The majority of us prefer to get up and ride rather than to “get out and shove.” It is only the people who “get out and shove” who really make things go. The men who are up against [...]

Top Ten List for Teaching a New Member Class

by Pastor Curt on April 11, 2015
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Not sure how many times I’ve taught Discover OGC over the years, but I get to do it again starting April 26. My excitement for the task never lessens. Here’s my own version of a top ten list as to why I look forward to teaching the same stuff every time. Number Ten: I know [...]

CT Highlights for April 2015

by Pastor Curt on April 4, 2015
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CT stands for Christianity Today magazine. I try to read it cover-to-cover each month. Though my views bend more toward the conservative end of the spectrum than its editors, I find it keeps me in touch with the state of the faith in many ways. Seems to me a pastor should make it his business [...]

No Comparison, No Way, No How

by Pastor Curt on February 21, 2015
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I enjoy Fridays. Unlike a lot of pastors who take Mondays off, I work that day. Keeps me out of trouble. I started taking Fridays off years ago.  I never looked back. One of the things I look forward to that day of the week, among others, is reading the paper with more leisure than [...]

A Pound of Life

by Kelly Simpson on August 5, 2014
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Most of the people I work with have negative ages. They are premature, born months before they were “supposed” to be. Thrust from the safe, warm, dark, cozy wombs, they are ill-prepared for the world. Developmentally, I must think of them and work on skills that are fitting for a baby at 6-9 months gestational [...]

The Flourishing Life

by Pastor Curt on June 22, 2014
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It was a delight to climb back into the pulpit at OGC this morning after our sabbatical. To get to preach again, particularly on a passage in Psalm 92 that so thoroughly expresses my desires for this next season in my life and ministry, gave me great pleasure. I blew through the the eight takeaways at [...]

One Way to Measure Spiritual Maturity

by Matt Kenyon on March 18, 2014
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The measure of spiritual maturity is not a lack of sinning, but the degree to which one relies solely on the mercy of God.