Pastor’s Perspective 12-08-2020

I have a funeral later this week. And I know of at least one other individual who may not make it to Christmas. It seems to happen every year. Right in the middle of a joyous season, families and friends are saying good-bye to loved ones for the last time here on earth. I remember […]

Pastor’s Perspective 12-01-2020

It is Monday morning as I write these words. My daily routine includes reading the newspaper before I come into work. This morning’s featured articles were not exactly filled with uplifting news. “Fayetteville residents falling behind on basic bills during pandemic.” “Afghan officials say 34 killed in separate suicide bombings.” Today’s headlines read, “COVID-19 hospitalizations […]

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Pastor’s Perspective 11-24-2020

Last Sunday I announced our decision to have only one service this coming Sunday at 11:00 and that service will be online only. COVID cases are on the rise here in Cumberland County. Though I know many are changing their plans for Thanksgiving this year because of health concerns, many others will be getting together […]

Pastor’s Perspective 11-17-2020

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Like everything else this year, it will be different for many of us. We’ve already heard words of caution about families getting together to share that special meal together. In some states, there is a limit to the number of people and the number of separate households that can […]

Pastor’s Perspective 11-10-2020

The title of the article in a recent addition of Christianity Today’s Pastors Newsletter didn’t exactly excite me about what I might read inside:  “Doomsday.” An epidemiologist and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota said, “We are now at the crossroads of pandemic fatigue and pandemic […]

Pastor’s Perspective 11-03-2020

The most recent unrest in the heart of Philadelphia has caused me to reflect on a book I read just a few months ago during my annual two week vacation. Actually, I’ve been reflecting on that book ever since I read it. Even more so now with our national election this week. From the introduction […]

Pastor’s Perspective 10-27-2020

Based on my conversations in recent weeks, folks are increasingly anxious about the election. I share many of their concerns for our country and its future. At the same time, I have chosen not to worry. Chip Ingram, CEO and Teaching Pastor of Living on the Edge, published An Open Letter to Christians in America […]

Pastor’s Perspective 10-20-2020

I have had opportunity to meet many of you but in case we have not talked yet, my name is Jon Nahlen. However, if that’s confusing, I also answer to Jon the younger, Jon the bearded one, big Jon, PJ, Pastor Alex (I don’t know either), or Second Jon. As we continue to get the […]

Pastor’s Perspective 10-13-2020

Though I usually try to focus on one main thought in this column, I need to communicate with you about several things on my mind this week. I know some of you are anxious to start meeting again in person for Sunday School on Sunday mornings. We’re just not there yet. We have only recently […]