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What is Lent?

Posted onFebruary 8, 2018 | by: Pastor Jonathan Riddle | 0 comments

If you're new to the liturgical calendar, the season of Lent can seem downright odd. Black smudges on the head, fasting, washing feet, deep prayers of sorrow. What does all of it mean?...Keep Reading

An Enduring Lesson

Posted onFebruary 6, 2018 | by: Pastor Jonathan Riddle | 0 comments

As many know, I have been coaching Cross Country at Bluffton High School the past 18 months. Between coaching, traveling with teenagers to visit a World War II Veteran or raising my own six children, there is an enduring lesson I've learned. ...Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings

Posted onFebruary 6, 2018 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

The annual "State of the School" gathering was held this past Monday evening. After opening the event with prayer, I listened in awe as Mr. Frank Byrd, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, reviewed Cross Schools' recent accomplishments and Dr. Brad Schultz, Head of Schools, cast a vision for the innovative educational approaches to be launched this fall across all grade levels....Keep Reading

What One Receives in Beauty

Posted onJanuary 10, 2018 | by: Pastor Jonathan Riddle | 0 comments

When the snow and the cold arrived last week, I celebrated. I am one of the few that love cold weather. Wearing warm clothes, building a fire, taking long runs and drinking hot chocolate, that's my kind of special!...Keep Reading

A Christmas Memory

Posted onDecember 21, 2017 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

In London during World War II, in the aftermath of a German bombing raid on Christmas Eve, a congregation gathered at their church only to discover it had been destroyed. They cleared away enough of the rubble to find a few pews and the altar and began to celebrate the birth of Jesus. During the worship service, someone picked up a broken board and, using a piece of charred wood, wrote on it these words: “Blasted but still blessed!” ...Keep Reading