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Sum it all up

Posted by Pastor Mark Toone on

His name was Dr. James Bradley. He was a history prof at Fuller Seminary and he was, without a doubt, my favorite professor. His opening devotions and prayers were worth the price of admission. But then he would launch into the topic of the day—some aspect of Christian history—that...

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Tags: church history, james bradley, for your neighbors

Our peculiar holiday

Posted by Pastor Mark Toone on

If you scan the calendar you will not find “St Andrews Weekend.” Google might offer up November 30, “St Andrews Day,” Scotland’s national day of celebration of their patron Saint. But “St Andrews Weekend?” Nope; we made that up. Years ago. I confess some...

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Tags: legacy, st andrews

If you love kids...

Posted by Pastor Mark Toone on

If you love kids—and we do here at Chapel Hill—I have some exciting and important news to share with you.  First, I am delighted to announce that our new Director of Children’s Ministries, Paul Hargreaves, has arrived!  He and his wife Gina (who is teaching in our...

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Tags: kids, family ministries, children's ministries, family wing, paul hargreaves

Dog with a bone

Posted by Pastor Mark Toone on

We raised German Shepherd puppies on our little three-acre alfalfa farm in Yakima. My grandpa was a butcher and he used to bring bones for them. If you’ve ever watched a German Shepherd gnawing on a cow’s knee joint, you understand the saying, “Like a dog with a bone.&rdquo...

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Tags: for the city, dog with a bone

Can you hear me now?

Posted by Pastor Mark Toone on

I once had an alarm that would sneak up on me. When it first turned on, it was very quiet. Then, it would grow slowly louder and louder. In those wee hours, I would have dreams that included a faint beeping sound in the background until, suddenly, I realized that the beeping was my alarm and I...

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Tags: friendship, loving our neighbor, for the city, for people, 1-4-3, for gig harbor, for port orchard