Craig Rumble

A Present Tense Reality

posted Mar 23, 2015

There is one song, which for me, more than any other makes Easter worship happen — “Christ the Lord is Risen Today.” Whenever we sing it, the melody and words follow me home from church. The tune and lyrics tumble around in my head and heart late into the day. They prompt me to utter spontaneous prayers of praise to God, and other kinds of prayer – prayers on behalf of others who still struggle in the darkness, who still live unaware of God’s love and concern for them.

The Easter hymn, “Christ the Lord is Risen Today,” was put to a “new” tune back in the early 1700’s! (more…)

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Risking Love

posted Feb 11, 2015

How’s your love life? Valentines Day gives us all the excuse we need to up our game and act upon our best intentions, which too often sit dormant waiting for “just the right time.” Boyfriends, girlfriends, spouses, and romantics of all kinds actually buy the cards, send the flowers and present boxes of chocolates and other signs of affirmation and affection to the people they could have, should have, and would have, if they had simply gotten up the nerve to act on “matters of the heart” sooner. Many even dare to say those three little words, or scribe them on a card – “I love you.” They take the risk. It is not the response one receives that validates the action, (more…)

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No Matter What is Happening…

posted Dec 9, 2014

When Matthew introduces the birth of Jesus, it is the name announced by the prophet Isaiah which he shares with us — Immanuel. “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means, “God with us.” Matt 1:23

We sometimes romanticize the times surrounding Jesus’ birth, painting them as wonderful times. More likely they were a mixture of terrific and tragic experiences for many. (more…)

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How Loving Are We – Really?

posted Apr 22, 2014

There seems to be an emotional high that comes with Easter. Many report experiencing the closeness and joy of God after joining others in the act of worship. Yet just the other day I read the following statements which tell another story: “The church is almost indistinguishable from the world…Our growth in love for God does not necessarily translate into a more mature love for others…Our inability to resolve conflicts maturely remains one of the most pressing problems in our churches.” (more…)

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